Grant Funds Preparation for Invasive Mussels (Mar 28, 2013)
Washington State University.
Researchers at Washington State University are preparing for a Northwest invasion of the zebra mussel - a small, distinctly striped and rather tenacious freshwater mollusk that can quickly encrust underwater surfaces. The mussels have caused significant damage in other parts of the country and pose an enormous risk to the hydroelectric infrastructure, recreational facilities and unique ecological system of the Columbia River Basin. The Columbia River Basin is one of the last major river systems in the U.S.still free of zebra mussels and the closely related quagga mussels; but possibly not for long. Once they are established in the water, they are almost impossible to eradicate.
Tsunami Debris Reaching Washington's Coastline
Washington Department of Ecology.
Some large tsunami debris, such as metal drums, boats and docks, may contain hazardous substances or invasive species. If you find debris that may pose a life-threatening risk, call 911 immediately. Report other tsunami-related debris to the Washington State Marine debris hotline: 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278). If you believe the debris may be contaminated with aquatic invasive species (AIS), please use the online Invasive Species Reporting Form. Contact DisasterDebris@noaa.gov with all other marine debris concerns and questions.
Washington Invasive Species Council: Annual Report - 2012 (PDF | 575 KB)
Washington Invasive Species Council.
This report discusses the threat invasive species pose to Washington's landscape, industry, wildlife, and people and summarizes the work of the council in 2012.
Northwest Launches "Squeal on Pigs" Campaign
Targeted at Feral Swine (Jul 31, 2012)
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.
Wildlife officials in three Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Washington) are
intensifying their battle against wild swineby
launching a campaign urging hunters, anglers, hikers and others to report any
feral pig sighting on a public hotline. To report sightings or suspected sightings
of feral swine in Washington, Idaho or Oregon, call toll-free (888) 268-9219.