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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.

Legislation: There are two aquatic invasive species bills sponsored by Rep. Mark Noland that will be heard by the Montana Natural Resources Committee on Friday, February 20th Rm 172 3:00 p.m.
⚪ HB 525 (LC 2257) A bill for an Act revising aquatic invasive species funding laws; creating a trust fund and grant account, etc. 
⚪ HB 553 (LC2292). An Act revising laws related to aquatic invasive species, revising departmental duties, allowing other entities to operate check stations, and providing enforcement 

Regional/National News:
Idaho:Attached is a map showing location of Idaho watercraft inspection stations in 2015 [Woolf].
⚪ Pend Oreille Asian clam treatment update: Barrier materials were purchased by U of I, USFWS and ISDA and application is scheduled for February 21st. More details on that project to follow.

Saskatchewan, Canada: Looming economic threat posed by invasive mussels to Saskatchewan is at least as high as provincial neighbors. Read more at: 

⚪ Western Aquatic Plant Management Society annual conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland, Oregon March 30 through April 1st. To register for the meeting go to  .
⚪ Idaho: Watercraft inspection trainings are open to the public and interested individuals are encouraged to attend. For more information contact the coordinator for that particular training.
⚪ 100th Meridian Initiative Columbia Basin Team meeting for Invasive Species will be May 12th and 13th in Boise. [Woolf]
⚪ Lake Tahoe. Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species will hold annual meeting hosted by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, September 2-4, 2015

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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