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News about quagga and zebra mussels in California

WGA Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative Bookmark

WGA Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the Western Governors' Association:

On link opens in new windowJuly 12, The Western Governors’ Association launched the WGA link opens in new windowBiosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative, the signature initiative of WGA Chair, Hawaii Governor David Ige. The Initiative will focus on the impacts that nuisance species, pests, and pathogens have on ecosystems, forests, rangelands, watersheds, and infrastructure in the west, and examine the role that biosecurity plays in addressing these risks.  The goal is to examine emerging issues in biosecurity and invasive species management in the West, and develop a set of policy recommendations, best practices, and technical tools to address those issues.

The Initiative will accomplish this goal, in part, through webinars and a series of link opens in new windowworkshops across the West. The dates, locations, topics, agendas, and registration links for the workshops are below: 

If you would like to attend any of the initiative workshops, or if you have any questions about the initiative more generally, please contact Bill Whitacre with WGA. Please feel free to share this information with your contacts.

Closure of Border Protection Station: Entry of uninspected watercraft on I-15 Bookmark

From 2:00 pm, August 21, through approximately 6:00 am, August 25, the I-15 Border Protection Station operated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture will be non-operational, as the facilities are relocated from Yermo to Mountain Pass. During this timeframe, watercraft entering the state on I-15 will not receive inspection or decontamination. Water managers should be on high alert for incoming watercraft and diligent in their pre-launch inspections.

If quagga/zebra mussels are suspected:

  1. Contact your regional California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Quagga/Zebra Mussel Scientist immediately for watercraft inspection and quarantine, if warranted. If your regional scientist cannot be reached, contact CDFW’s Law Enforcement Dispatch (Northern California – 916-358-1312; Southern California – 951-443-2944).
  2. Do NOT collect or remove suspect mussels. Take photographs and include something in the photo for size reference (e.g. penny, ruler).
  3. Collect information for the vehicle/trailer/watercraft (license plate/registration number, make/model, color, type of watercraft).
  4. If a local ordinance exists that allows a local agency to require the vessel to remain onsite, contact local law enforcement to enforce until CDFW responds.

Should you have questions, please contact CDFW's Invasive Species Program at 866-440-9530 (Monday-Friday).

Training Announcement - Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Trainings Bookmark

Training Announcement - Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Trainings

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

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Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Trainings 

Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 Lake Mead & Lake Powell

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and its 100th Meridian Initiative partners are announcing and sponsoring several types of WIT Trainings.

ONLINE REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN for the following:

  • 10/2–3, 2018 Lake Mead WIT II
  • 11/7–8, 2018 Lake Powell Advanced Decon
  • 2/5–7, 2019 Lake Powell WIT III
  • 2/26–27, 2019 Lake Mead WIT II
  • 3/26–27, 2019 Lake Mead WIT II
  • 4/9–10, 2019 Lake Mead WIT II

Openings are limited!!!  Availability will close when class becomes full. An acceptance email will be sent for WIT III

TO REGISTER: Go to the link opens in new windowAquatic Invasive Species Network page for more information. There are different registrations for Advanced Decontamination and Trainer Training (WIT III) classes. Click on the training tab of class you are interested in attending and register on that page link.

These trainings do cost money and it is important that we fill all available openings. Please try to make sure that when you sign up for the class that you can attend so that we don’t end up paying for empty seats that could be used by others.

QUESTIONS? Should you have any questions or would like to link opens in new windowhost a training, please contact WIT Trainer Quagga D Davis at (702) 236-3814 or quaggadee@cox.net.



Habitat Conservation Planning Branch
1700 9th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811
Mailing: P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(916) 653-4875