New water-monitoring group moves forward with study of invasive species prevention

New water-monitoring group moves forward with study of invasive species prevention

News Type: State, Regional Source: Helena Independent Record
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Over the last two years, Montana has committed multiple state agencies and millions of dollars toward keeping invasive zebra and quagga mussels out of the Columbia River’s headwaters.

Now, a new group plans to take a look at how they’ve done.

In a Monday press release, Watershed Protection Advocates of Northwest Montana declared its commitment to protecting the region’s waters. It identified several potential threats, including mining and rail traffic along local rivers. But its first major project will be an assessment of Montana’s response to aquatic invasive species, or AIS.