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This page contains information and resources the western states have been using and sharing to promote collaborative efforts to protect the western states from the movement and establishment of aquatic invasive species. We wish to acknowledge the efforts of Oregon Sea Grant in effecting Building Consensus outcomes - much of the information on this page originated from their website.


2016 Building Consensus in the West - A multi-state vision for watercraft inspection programs

Meeting summmary


2014 Building Consensus in the West - A multi-state vision for watercraft inspection programs

Meeting summary

Post-workshop evaluation and summary

A total of 25 individuals representing western AIS Coordinators, Assistant Attorneys General, law enforcement supervisors, and others convened February 11–13, 2014 to address and further action items from the Denver I meeting. Specifically, the group sought to:

  • Reach consensus on training and certification minimum standards and provide comments to produce a final WID Trainers Manual.
  • Generate guidelines for AIS coordinators in approaching a QA/QC program as well as resources in implementation.
  • Allow AIS coordinators to provide input into the model law final process.
  • Reach consensus and adopt their use on the following definitions and protocols related to sampling and monitoring.
  • Agree upon materials that would be provided to all trained inspectors.
  • Agree upon minimum standards for seals and common components of receipts and their use.
  • Further the ongoing effort to establish data sharing for WIDS.


2013 Building Consensus in the West - A multi-state vision for watercraft inspection programs

Meeting summary

Representatives from western states convened August 13–15, 2013, in Denver, Colorado for a workshop titled, “Building Consensus in the West—A Multi-State Vision for Watercraft Inspection Programs.” The workshop advanced three specific items from the the action plan that evolved from the August 2012 meeting related to developing standard definitions and criteria and model statutory/regulatory language to implement a comprehensive watercraft inspection and decontamination program.



2012: Legal and Regulatory Efforts to Minimize Expansion of Invasive Mussels through Watercraft Movements

On August 22–23, 2012, a workshop was hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and convened in Phoenix, Arizona, by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Association of Attorneys General, Oregon Sea Grant, the National Sea Grant Law Center, and the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species. The purpose of the workshop was to engage Assistant Attorneys General, natural resource agency attorneys, law enforcement supervisors, policy makers, and the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinators from the 19 Western states, interstate organizations, and Federal partners to establish clear legal and regulatory approaches and opportunities for AIS abatement and reform. One clear deliverable from this workshop was the creation of an action plan that articulates needed actions at the federal/national, regional, state, and local levels to minimize the expansion of invasive mussels through watercraft movements in the western United States.

State Resources


Lake Tahoe
  • Watercraft Inspection Station Operation Protocols (.pdf)
  • Boat Inspection Evaluation Form (Excel document)
  • AIS Angler/Boater Interview and Watercraft Inspection 2014 (.pdf)
  • Aquatic Invasive Species Locations in Montana (.pdf)
  • Watercraft Inspection Station Locations - 2014 (.pdf)
  • AIS Monitoring Points - 2014 (.jpg)
  • AIS Monitoring Points - 2005-2013 (.jpg)
New Mexico
National Sea Grant Law Center


Provincial Resources


British Columbia


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