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Aquatic news provides periodic updates about aquatic invasive species projects, programs, research, and events in Montana and the region. Please pass along information you would like to share with the group.

Award: Bob Wiltshire was recently awarded the 2015 National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) Outreach/Aquatic Award. Congratulations Bob, we appreciate all of your AIS prevention/education work in Montana and the Region.

Fish Wildlife and Parks: Stakeholder meeting has been rescheduled for January 29th in Billings, MT. Video conferencing will be available at FWP Regional offices in Missoula, Kalispell, and Helena. Please contact Linnaea Schroeer if you have questions.

Regional/National News:
Colorado: Concern continues over spread of invasive mussels in Colorado. McFee Reservoir is at high risk for invasion in the Four-corners region. Read more at:

Utah: Utah: Quagga mussel veligers have been identified and confirmed via DNA analysis in Deer Creek Reservoir. Water from this reservoir flows directly into Utah Lake, a major boating venue near Provo, UT. [Jordan Nielson] Read more at

Western Regional Panel:The Executive Committee held their most recent monthly meeting on January 8th. The approved minutes from all meetings can be found here. Join the WRP All Member Call - February 12th, 2015 - at 2 pm mountain time on Thursday February 12th. Committee chairs will provide updates and business items will be discussed. [Leah Elwell]

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AQUAPHYTE a newsletter of the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) at University of Florida, provides current information on research, projects and updates on invasive aquatic and wetland plants. Read the latest newsletter at

Celestine Duncan, contractor DNRC
PO Box 1385
Helena, MT 59624
406-443-1469 o/ 406-431-0264 cell"

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Click for more information Sniffing for Mussels

This summer, the Flathead Basin Commission will be partnering with Working Dogs for Conservation to pilot a Mussel Sniffing Dog program. The dogs, Wicket and Lily, are trained to sniff ONLY aquatic invaders and will be out and about the basin this summer. Come meet the dogs in Ronan this Fourth of July weekend and read more about the dogs at the following links:
Dogs helping out Montana conservationists
Putting Dogs to Work
Sniffing Out Trouble
Why you may see dogs at boat check station this summer
Conservation Canine Joins the Fight Against Invasive Species

The Flathead Basin Commission, in conjunction with the Governor's Office and the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GNLCC), is assisting with the implementation of the B.C.-MT Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU prohibited strip mining in the B.C. Flathead, and focuses on issues ranging from the protection of transboundary fish and wildlife populations to green energy development. The Phase I scope of work for the MOU is currently underway, and focuses on fisheries protection and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention.

Click for more information Meet the Dogs


Wicket is one of the most accomplished conservation detection dogs in the world right now. The two species of Mussels will be the 21st and 22nd scents that she has learned! An amazing number. Wicket was also one of the fastest dogs ever to be trained, with just 8 weeks from being rescued to the field.

Lily is a yellow lab/southern belle cross and the youngest in the pack, but with a very bright future ahead. Miss Lil was adopted from Smartcritters in Lawrenceville, Georgia and is currently trained on six scents.

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Caryn Miske Executive Director
Flathead Basin Commission
655 Timberwolf Parkway
Kalispell Montana 59901
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