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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 California 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. The registration deadline is April 8th - Space is limited! Don’t delay, save your spot today!!

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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  • December 7, 2018

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.

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  • November 19, 2018

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.

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  • November 16, 2018

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.



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