Officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced in June 2017 that DOI would coordinate with the Western Governors' Association, states, tribes, federal agencies, and other partners in a project to help strengthen existing efforts to address invasive mussels. The actions described in the 2017 report, Safeguarding the West from Invasive Species, Actions to Strengthen Federal, State, and Tribal Coordination to Address Invasive Mussels (PDF | 1.3 MB), vary from policy and program reviews to on-the-ground efforts to prevent, contain, and control invasive mussels. One recommendation in Safeguarding the West was the development of a reference manual to facilitate rapid response activities in the event of mussel introductions in the Columbia River Basin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently finalized and released this manual, Dreissenid Mussel Rapid Response in the Columbia River Basin: Recommended Practices to Facilitate Endangered Species Act Section 7 Compliance (PDF | 3.63 MB).
DOI Publishes Manual on Rapid Response to Mussel Introductions in the Columbia River Basin (Nov 11, 2019)
Western Governors' Association.
Invasive Mussel Collaborative Releases New Strategy to Reduce Invasive Mussels and Their Negative Impacts (Nov 29, 2018)Great Lakes Commission; Invasive Mussel Collaborative.The Invasive Mussel Collaborative announced today that it has released a new strategy to reduce invasive mussels and their negative impacts. The Strategy to Advance Management of Invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels is intended to drive investments, policy, and research around invasive mussels across the Great Lakes region and beyond. Since their initial discovery in 1989, zebra and quagga mussels have had dramatic impacts on the Great Lakes ecosystem and economy, including changes to the food web, degrading fish habitat, interfering with drinking water systems and damaging tourism and recreation economies. Today, these mussels continue to spread to new water bodies across the U.S. and Canada.
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.Includes comparison: Dreissena polymorpha (Zebra mussel) vs. Dreissena bugensis (Quagga mussel)
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Council or Task Force
Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).
100th Meridian Initiative.
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.