Bullock Visits Inspection Station to Prevent Introduction of AIS

MONTANA (NMB) – Governor Steve Bullock earlier this month joined state agency and tribal partners at the Ravalli watercraft inspection station to highlight partnerships and aquatic invasive species prevention efforts underway to protect Montana’s waters.

According to a press release, Governor Bullock heard updates from the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes and state agencies on Montana’s aquatic invasive monitoring, early detection efforts, and rapid response preparedness after invasive mussel larvae was discovered on Tiber Reservoir and a suspect sample was found on Canyon Ferry Reservoir in 2016.

Goals for the aquatic invasive species program in 2019 include expanding partner involvement with watercraft inspection stations to allow for local oversight and increased local participation, increase partner and public awareness of aquatic invasive species to improve chances of early detection and effective eradication or containment, and expand partner participation in outreach to help deliver the clean, drain, dry message in local communities.

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