Quagga/Zebra Mussel News

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  • November 16, 2020

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites water managers to attend an interactive webinar describing the content required in a Quagga/Zebra Mussel Prevention Plan and the resources available to those who manage waterbodies or recreation. The webinar will be December 3, 2020, 1:00-2:30 p.m. using Microsoft Teams (a phone number will be available for those without computer access). To register, send names and email addresses of attendees to Elizabeth Brusati, Elizabeth.Brusati@wildlife.ca.gov by December 1. The webinar link and phone number will be emailed on December 2. link opens in new windowRead the agenda here (PDF).

Topics will include:

  • Benefits of Investing in Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Mussels
  • Code and Regulations: What is Required of Water Managers
  • How to Prepare a Prevention Plan
  • CA State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Grant Program
  • How CDFW Regional Staff Can Help You

Before the webinar, we suggest attendees review link opens in new window“Guidance for Developing a Dreissenid Mussel Prevention Program” (PDF) and link opens in new window“Recommended Minimum Dreissenid Mussel Early Detection Monitoring” (PDF) on our Quagga/Zebra Mussel Prevention Programs web page.

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  • September 14, 2020

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission:

Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination
Virtual Training Courses

Internet access with computer required for virtual trainings (Camera and mic) preferred.

Contact “Quagga D” for any questions, QuaggaDee@cox.net, (702) 236-3814.

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  • August 25, 2020

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the Invasive Species Action Network:

To Members and Affiliates of the WRP,

Registration for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting is now open. Register as soon as possible to assure that you have a spot at the virtual meeting. Each day has its own registration that you will have to complete separately.

You can find the agenda, registrations links, and more at the WRP's website here: link opens in new windowWRP's 2020 Virtual Meeting

Stay tuned for more information on the virtual social space and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

Best,
Mason

Mason Parker
Special Projects Coordinator | Invasive Species Action Network
(406) 222.7270
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  • August 18, 2020

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

The Funding Opportunity for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife QZAP FY2020 has officially been posted. The total funding amount for projects is approximately $1,830,000.00, which is a significant increase from years past. Consequently, USFWS has expanded the categories and priorities of potential projects. Additionally, there is a significant change in the application process this year resulting from our transition to link opens in new windowGrantSolutions.gov. This opportunity will be open for application through October 18, 2020. As of now, applications will need to be submitted through link opens in new windowGrantSolutions.gov, and you will need to create a login and password to access the system. There are recipient tutorials online linked below. Below are the steps you will need to take to access and locate the funding announcement. The funding announcement number is F20AS00078 and the full title is "Implementation of the Quagga and Zebra Mussel Action Plan (QZAP) in the Western United States". Please disseminate this opportunity to all interested parties. Please feel free to reach out to Barak Shemai, USFWS Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, at barak_shemai@fws.gov or (505) 248-6593 with any questions.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS AFTER CREATING A LOGIN AND PASSWORD!

  • Sign into link opens in new windowGrantSolutions.gov
  • Go to the Funding Opportunities page
  • Once there use CTRL + F to search the name of the opportunity "name in full" or "QZAP"
  • You should see the QZAP opportunity - Select Apply on the far right

Links to the recipient training videos:

Link to general information:

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  • March 25, 2019

This is forwarded on behalf of the US Fish and Wildlife Service:

"The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Fish and Aquatic Conservation program announces our 2019 call for Aquatic Invasive Species proposals (link opens in new tab or windowF19AS00142). This funding was historically called the 100th Meridian Initiative funding. Examples of previously funded projects include: Don't Let it Loose pet outreach program by the Invasive Species Action Network; Model law/regulations/MOU for western watercraft programs by National Sea Grant Law Center; and Columbia River Basin Team activities at Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Proposals will be accepted through May 14th.

Priorities include: Reducing spread of quagga/zebra mussels and other AIS through priority goals of the Quagga Zebra Mussel Action Plan for Western U.S. Waters (QZAP). Conducting research to reduce risks of quagga/zebra mussel spread through the watercraft pathway as identified in the 2015 Dreissenid Mussel Research Priorities Workshop. Reducing new introductions of AIS into Western states through the pet trade. Supporting Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) approved State ANS Plans which address the management and/or control of quagga/zebra mussels or other AIS in Western waters. Meeting the goals of An Action Plan to Implement Legal and Regulatory Efforts to Minimize Expansion of Invasive Mussels Through Watercraft Movements in the Western United States. Preventing introductions of AIS into the unique landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone Area and Upper Columbia River Basin.

(Note that this is the last of three FWS grant opportunities in the western U.S. open simultaneously. link opens in new tab or windowF19AS00117 is the national state plan grant call organized by Don MacLean. It closes on March 27th. link opens in new tab or windowF19AS00118 is the call for Quagga Zebra Mussel Action Plans organized by Barak Shemai. It closes on April 27th).

Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about this funding opportunity or potential projects.

Sincerely,
Joanne M. Grady

R6 Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Phone:(303) 236-4519
Fax: (303) 236-8163
Mobile: (303) 842-5268

Physical/FedEx address:
134 Union Blvd, Suite 665
Lakewood, CO 80228

Postal address:
P.O. Box 25486-DFC
Denver, CO 80225