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  • March 6, 2019

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the California State Parks' Division of Boating and Waterways:

FREE Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Workshops

The California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean & Green Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invite you to participate in our FREE Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Workshops.

PURPOSE

AIS pose serious threats to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, boating, fishing, and the environment. Recreational activities, including boating and fishing, can spread AIS from infested waters to uninfested waters. Therefore, everyone accessing waters should take simple actions to avoid spreading AIS each time they leave a waterbody.

Participants in these workshops will:

  • Gain an understanding of the impacts AIS have on the economy and environment
  • Learn to recognize AIS in their region
  • Learn how to take action and prevent spreading AIS by inspecting and cleaning equipment and watercraft

WORKSHOPS

Yolo
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 (You must register to attend by Monday, March 25)
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: 45211 County Rd 32B (Chiles Rd) Davis, CA 95618
Parking: Free parking available at the facility.
Lunch: Purchase lunch at a nearby restaurant or bring your own lunch.

Alameda
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (You must register to attend by Friday, April 26)
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Aeolian Yacht Club - 980 Fernside Blvd, Alameda, CA 94501
Parking: Free parking available at the facility.
Lunch: Purchase lunch at a nearby restaurant or bring your own lunch.
Workshop Partner: Aeolian Yacht Club

Pacific Grove, Monterey
Date: May 7th 2019 (You must register to attend by Friday, May 3rd)
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Mott Training Center- 837 Asilomar Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950 (Madrone Room) Parking: Free parking at the facility.
Lunch: Purchase lunch at a nearby restaurant or bring your own lunch.

To register, please contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.

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  • March 5, 2019

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2019 Quagga and Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western Waters has opened for competition at link opens in new windowgrants.gov. Please follow this link for direct access link opens in new window2019 QZAP NOFO. If you are unable to use this link you can search for F19AS000118 at link opens in new windowgrants.gov. The announcement will be open through April 27, 2019, at which time all projects will be evaluated for award. In an effort toward wide dissemination, please forward this email to all potentially interested parties. Please carefully read all requirements and application review process, as some things have changed again this year. Feel free to contact Barak Shemai, USFWS Region 2 Fish and Aquatic Conservation, at barak_shemai@fws.gov or (505) 248-6593 with any subject questions

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  • February 12, 2019

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the California State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways. For assistance with development of quagga/zebra mussel prevention plans or questions about obtaining a letter of prevention plan acceptance, contact your local California Department of Fish and Wildlife quagga/zebra mussel scientist.

Quagga & Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program
PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE

The application window for the 2018/19 Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program has been deferred to:

April 2, 2019 - May 10, 2019

This revised timeline will allow applicants to:

  • Gather the necessary ownership/management authority documentation;
  • Collect early detection mussel monitoring data;
  • Qualify for Tier 2 Implementation Grants, if applicable.

As stated previously, applicants, even returning applicants, will not be eligible for a Tier 2 Implementation Grant if they do not have a California Department of Fish and Wildlife accepted Prevention Plan.

A Solicitation Notice containing additional information regarding the webinar workshop (taking place in April 2019), the posting of the Grant Guidelines as well as other pertinent grant documents, and the accessibility of the On-Line Grant (OLGA) Application system, will be sent prior to opening of the grant application window stated above. The Notice will also be posted on the DBW website. The Program FAQs are currently posted on the State Parks website.

To Recap Previous 2018/19 QZ Grant Cycle Notices:

New for 2018/19 Applicants

  • Harbors and Navigation Code 676.1 (SB 790) broadened the eligibility to any person or entity that manages any aspect of the water in a reservoir.
  • To demonstrate that the reservoir is uninfested, applicants must provide mussel monitoring data collected between March 2018 and the date of application. Monitoring data can be from surface surveys, artificial substrates, and plankton tows.

Planning and Assessment Grant (Tier 1)

  • Maximum award amount: Up to $200,000
  • Applicants that do not already have a CDFW-accepted prevention plan can apply for a planning and assessment grant in order to develop a CDFW-accepted prevention plan for the reservoir that is compliant with Fish and Game Code Section 2302 and California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 672.1(b).

Implementation Grant (Tier 2)

  • Maximum award amount: Up to $400,000
  • To be eligible for an implementation grant, applicants must provide a letter from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) at the time of application that states CDFW has reviewed and accepted a prevention plan for the reservoir (pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 2302 and California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 672.1(b)).

Friendly Reminders

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Grant applicant must own or manage a reservoir, or manage some aspect of the water in a reservoir, which could include but is not limited to the recreational aspect of the reservoir, where recreational activities are permitted, pursuant to Harbors and Navigation Code 676.1 and Fish and Game Code 2302.
  • Applicant must demonstrate that the reservoir is uninfested with quagga and zebra mussels; and
  • The reservoir must be open to the public.

For questions regarding quagga/zebra mussel monitoring, or for prevention planning, including how to obtain a letter from CDFW, contact CDFW at Invasives@wildlife.ca.gov or Telephone: (866) 440-9530.

To receive future QZ Grant notices, click here. For more information: www.dbw.ca.gov/QZGrant; email QZGrant@parks.ca.gov; phone (888) 326-2822.

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  • February 1, 2019

The Regional Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Data Collection System is a data sharing application developed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife that can be used in conjunction with a quagga/zebra mussel prevention program. It is a free, customizable data collection solution for watercraft inspection and decontamination programs and is used in several western states.

Staff from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and California Department of Fish and Wildlife will cohost a webinar describing the system and its applications Friday, February 22, 2019 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (PST).

To register for the webinar please contact Rich Bireley at Richard.Bireley@wildlife.ca.gov for webinar information. If you are unable to participate on this date please contact Rich to be notified directly about additional webinars later this year.

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  • February 1, 2019

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission:

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Watercraft Inspection Trainings (WIT I)Announcement

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is sponsoring 2 one-day* (WIT I) Watercraft Inspection Trainings, hosted by CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and Lake Mission Viejo Association.

Date: May 7 OR May 8, 2019*
Location: Lake Mission Viejo Association Club House,22555 Olympiad Road,Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Instructor: "Quagga D" Davis,PSMFC Training Contractor

The training will include:

  1. Introduction & overview of what other western states are doing to fight mussels
  2. Biology of quagga & zebra mussels
  3. Quagga & zebra mussel status, monitoring, prevention, and regulations in California
  4. Overview of decontamination, including when decontamination should occur
  5. >Watercraft risk assessment and inspection procedure (with practice)

Go to link opens in new tab or windowLevel 1 Inspector Training for more information. Logistics will be sent upon registration.

TO REGISTER: If you are interested in attending, please link opens in new tab or windowregister online. *This is a ONE-day training - Specify which date when registering.

COST: Training is provided free of charge to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses.

For Level 2 Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training, please visit link opens in new tab or windowWIT II Schedule.

For any questions, please contact“Quagga D” Davis at(702) 236-3814 or quaggadee@cox.net.



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