Aquatic Invasive Species – Photo Credit: FWP7

As well described at the February FAS program, Montana’s waters are at high risk from aquatic invasive species such as the non-native mussels found last summer in eastern Montana. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has proposed amendments to rules that outline new regulations needed in the battle to contain, detect and prevent the risk of spreading invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species to other state waters (info found here on FWP site). Comments on the proposed rules must be submitted by March 17 via email to; or mailed to: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.

Legislators in Helena are currently considering what, if any, legislation and funding to pass to support the effort to protect Montana’s waters. Montana Audubon is lobbying in support of legislation and funding support but direct contact with the legislators is always helpful. Please consider contacting your legislators on this issue.