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. See the top
priorities identified by the
Council which pose the greatest threat to the
state's environment, economy, and human health.
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.