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News about quagga and zebra mussels in California

December 12th Quagga/Zebra Mussel Prevention Program Webinar - Agenda and Resources Bookmark

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) staff will host an interactive online webinar for water managers and prospective California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program grant applicants with information about CDFW resources.

The link opens in new tab or windowagenda (PDF) is available along with informational resources at CDFW’s Quagga/Zebra Mussel Prevention Program web page. We encourage you to review these resources prior to the webinar. The PowerPoint will also be available on the web page the morning of December 12th.

The webinar will be held December 12, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. via Skype. Please use the following conference call in number for audio: Call in number: (877) 336-1831; Participant Code: 940704#.

For questions or further information, contact Rich Bireley at (916) 651-1280 or Richard.Bireley@wildlife.ca.gov.

Quagga/Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Application Window Opens February 2019 Bookmark

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

SAVE-THE-DATE GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will open the application window for the 2018/19 Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program in February 2019. link opens in new windowReceive future QZ Grant notices.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Grant applicant must own/manage any aspect of the water in a reservoir where recreational activities are permitted;
  • Grant applicant must demonstrate that the reservoir is uninfested with dreissenid mussels;
  • and the reservoir must be open to the public.

What’s New?

  • SB 790 broadened the eligibility of implementation grants to entities that own or manage any aspect of the water in a reservoir.
  • To demonstrate that the reservoir is uninfested, applicants must provide mussel monitoring data collected since March 2018. Monitoring data can be from surface surveys, artificial substrates, and plankton tows.

Implementation Grant:
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 (per Fish and Game Code Section 2302 and California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 672.1(b)).

Planning and Assessment Grant:
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.

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.

A Solicitation Notice including specific dates and application information will be sent prior to opening of the grant application window. The notice will also be posted on the link opens in new windowDBW website.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife resources available to applicants for Division of Boating and Waterways Quagga/Zebra Mussel Prevention Grants – CORRECTION: Webinar December 12th Bookmark

The purpose of this notice is to provide prospective grant applicants with information about California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) resources available to meet the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways’ (DBW) new Quagga/Zebra Mussel Infestation Mussel Prevention grant application requirements. The grant application window is quickly approaching in February 2019 – to ensure eligibility take action NOW.

Beginning with the 2018/2019 grant cycle, DBW has implemented the following changes in their grant program: 

  • There will be two categories of grants:
    • prevention planning and assessment
    • prevention plan implementation
  • No vulnerability assessment grants
    • However, vulnerability assessment funding may be included as a component of prevention program planning grant proposals
  • Prevention Plan implementation grant applicants must submit a copy of the letter from the CDFW stating that the Prevention Plan was reviewed and that it has been accepted.
  • Grant applicants must submit recent (March 2018 or later) mussel early-detection monitoring to demonstrate that the reservoir is not infested with dreissenid mussels.

Fish and Game Code Section 2302 and Title 14, Section 672.1 require that owners or manages of a reservoir assess the vulnerability of the reservoir to the introduction of dreissenid mussels, and develop and implement a program to prevent the introduction of dreissenid mussels. The program must include public education, monitoring, and management of recreational activities including boating and fishing, and be documented in the form of a written plan. Each plan must be submitted to CDFW, where it will be evaluated for compliance with the code and regulations. CDFW will provide a letter of acceptance once the plan is deemed compliant.

Tools available to help develop a Prevention Plan include:

 

Webinar: CDFW staff will host an interactive online webinar. The goal of the webinar is to discuss changes in the DBW grant requirements and CDFW resources available to assist in meeting the grant application requirements. The meeting will be conducted via Skype.

 

Please use the following conference call in number for audio:

  • Call in number: (877) 336-1831
  • Participant Code: 940704

 

If you have questions, please contact CDFW at invasives@wildlife.ca.gov or (866) 440-9530.

Reclamation FY19 Quagga Mussel Project Proposal Request Bookmark

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the US Bureau of Reclamation:

The US Bureau of Reclamation is looking for potential projects to be funded in the fiscal year 2019 (October-September). A variety of projects will be considered as long as they are mussel related in nature. The potential projects list will be consolidated and submitted to the Department of Interior by November 1. Proposals must be submitted no later than October 26. If your agency straddles different Reclamation regions, please ensure that you do not submit a duplicate request. Request can be submitted to multiple regions, by ensure it is for a different project.

Please provide the following criteria and information required to submit the project for consideration:

  1. Project title
  2. Brief description of the work to be done (2-3 sentences)
  3. How long will it take (1 year, 2 years, 3 years)
  4. link opens in new windowQZAP (PDF) / link opens in new windowDOI Mussel Initiative Commitments Category (PDF)
  5. link opens in new windowDOI Mussel Initiative Commitment Subcategory (PDF) (Safeguarding the West)
  6. Funding amount requested
  7. POC (Name, Email, Telephone)

If you are in the US Bureau of Reclamation Mid Pacific Region, please contact Stuart Angerer at (916) 978-5046. If you are in the US Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado River Region, please contact Heidi McMaster at (702) 293-8560. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, October 26, 2018.

WGA Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative Bookmark

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.



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