Quagga/Zebra Mussel News

  • January 14, 2021

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

The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force requests proposals to build upon previous assessments and evaluate aspects of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™, and PlayCleanGo campaign to determine what messages and delivery strategies are most effective to achieve desired behavioral changes. It is the intent that the results of this assessment will be used by the ANS Task Force, regional ANS panels, states, and partners to produce a national communications and marketing framework that increases the effectiveness and reach of outreach campaigns and encourages prevention behaviors to stop the spread of invasive species through recreational activities.

Grants.gov Opportunity Number: link opens in new windowF21AS00229

Applications should be submitted electronically using the GrantSolutions system. Applications are due by midnight Eastern Time on March 10, 2021.

Questions may be directed to Susan Pasko, US Fish and Wildlife Service at (703) 358-2466 or susan_pasko@fws.gov.

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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.


  • 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.

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

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