Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Groups Work To Build PartnershipsNews Type: State Source: Montana Public Radio
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A coalition of state, federal, tribal and private organizations dedicated to protecting the Columbia River Watershed from aquatic invasive species (AIS) met in Polson Wednesday. They said building connections between local groups and water managers will be crucial to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels in Montana.
The Upper Columbia Conservation Committee, or UC3, is composed of nine representatives, each with a stake in Montana’s waterways. They’re dedicated to preventing zebra and quagga mussels from entering the Columbia River Watershed. It’s one of the few major waterways in the country that remains free of the destructive bivalves.