Quagga/Zebra Mussel News

  • June 2, 2021

On May 20, 2021, Rancho California Water District (RCWD) notified the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) that RCWD discovered adult quagga mussel in the Santa Margarita River, Riverside County, approximately 1,000 feet downstream from the San Diego Pipeline #5 WR-34 Discharge Site. San Diego Pipeline #5 transports water from Lake Skinner, a lake known to have quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) since August 2007. Water from Lake Skinner is chlorinated, transported via San Diego Pipeline #5, then de-chlorinated at the WR-34 Discharge Site before being discharged into the Santa Margarita River. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) manages Lake Skinner, the chlorination, and the pipeline, while RCWD manages the dichlorination and discharge into the Santa Margarita River.

Santa Margarita River is west of the CA I-15 Highway in Temecula. Murrieta Creek and Temecula Creek merge to form the Santa Margarita River. The WR-34 Discharge Site is located just below the confluence of Murrieta Creek and Temecula Creek, and flows directly into the Santa Margarita River.

On May 21, CDFW Region 5 and 6 staff conducted surface surveys for presence/absence of mussels in Murrieta Creek working downstream to the Upper Santa Margarita River to the WR-34 discharge site. CDFW laboratory has visually identified the specimens as quagga mussels and confirmed that identification with PCR analysis. CDFW staff will conduct additional surface surveys in Santa Margarita River and at Lake O’Neill.

In December 2014, the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) notified CDFW of a positive detection from an October plankton tow sample collected near the same area of the Santa Margarita River. Follow up sampling by USBR, CDFW, and MWD in 2015 confirmed the presence of veligers in multiple samples, and several unpreserved samples were examined and no veligers exhibited movement. In June 2017 CDFW analyzed samples collected by RCWD and no mussels were detected.

For questions that are specific to RCWD, please contact Eva Plajzer, P.E., Assistant General Manager, RCWD, at (951) 296-6910. For questions regarding CDFW's response, please contact Dominique Norton at (916) 203-4499.

Categories: General
  • December 30, 2020

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the California Department of Food and Agriculture:

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's Needles Border Protection Station has temporarily closed as of 3:00pm on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 due to COVID-19. The Station is anticipated to reopen at 7:00 a.m., January 5. During this closure traffic is being routed around the station and incoming shipments and watercraft will not be inspected. Alternatively, the public can go to the Vidal, Mountain Pass, or Blythe Stations for processing of incoming shipments.

Please be aware that during this time watercraft entering California via I-40 will not be inspected.

Categories: General
  • October 24, 2018

The following information is being forwarded on behalf of the US Bureau of Reclamation:

The US Bureau of Reclamation is looking for potential projects to be funded in the fiscal year 2019 (October-September). A variety of projects will be considered as long as they are mussel related in nature. The potential projects list will be consolidated and submitted to the Department of Interior by November 1. Proposals must be submitted no later than October 26. If your agency straddles different Reclamation regions, please ensure that you do not submit a duplicate request. Request can be submitted to multiple regions, by ensure it is for a different project.

Please provide the following criteria and information required to submit the project for consideration:

  1. Project title
  2. Brief description of the work to be done (2-3 sentences)
  3. How long will it take (1 year, 2 years, 3 years)
  4. link opens in new windowQZAP (PDF) / link opens in new windowDOI Mussel Initiative Commitments Category (PDF)
  5. link opens in new windowDOI Mussel Initiative Commitment Subcategory (PDF) (Safeguarding the West)
  6. Funding amount requested
  7. POC (Name, Email, Telephone)

If you are in the US Bureau of Reclamation Mid Pacific Region, please contact Stuart Angerer at (916) 978-5046. If you are in the US Bureau of Reclamation Lower Colorado River Region, please contact Heidi McMaster at (702) 293-8560. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, October 26, 2018.

Categories: General