Flathead Basin fund has new name, new mission, but tensions linger

Flathead Basin fund has new name, new mission, but tensions linger

News Type: State Source: Missoulian
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The Flathead Basin Protection Fund was meant to support the boat inspections and other programs needed to keep invasive mussels from reaching Western Montana.

But after months of tensions between the state agencies involved in this effort, it’s been renamed and given a new purpose: assessing the state of Montana’s response to the mussel threat.

With Montana guarding the entire Columbia River Basin from an expensive, ecologically devastating zebra and quagga mussel infestation, this state’s actions hold significance for the entire Pacific Northwest. So does the chain of events shaping the fund’s fate: a lengthy dispute between the state officials tasked with keeping the boat-borne mussels out of the Columbia’s headwaters.