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WESTERN AIS NEWS

2021

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2020

December 21 | December 7 | November 19  |  October 29 | October 16 | September 28  September 1 |  August 10  | July 20  |  June 29 | June 9 | May 21 | May 4 |  April 13 | March 26 March 13 | February 20 | January 29 | January 7

2019

December 17  | November 25 | November 1 October 16 | September 26 | September 6 |  August 15  | July 25  |July 10  | June 21 | June 7 | May 17 | April 29 | April 10 | March 22 | March 11 | February 13 | January 25 | January 7

 

2018

December 21 | November 30  | November 16  | October 31  | October 16  |  September 26  |  September 5  |  August 16  | July 27  | July 6 | June 13 | May 25 | May 10 | April 20 | April 2 March 16 | February 22 | January 30  | January 12

2017

December 21 | December 7 | November 21 | October 30 | October 11 | September 20 | September 1 | August 16 | August 1 | July 10 | June 21 | June 1 | May 15 | April 28 | April 3 March 20 | March 6 | February 10 January 23 | January 9

2016

December 20 | December 1 | November 15 | November 7 | October 24 | October 3 | September 13 | August 9 | July 20 | July 6 | June 20 | June 8 | May 18 | May 2 | April 4 | March 22 | March 6 | February 9 | January 11 | January 25 

 

2015

December 21 | December 8 | November 9 | October 20 | October 5 | September 21 | August 31 | July 31 | July 15 | June 22 | June 3 | May 6 | April 7 March 9 | February 15 | January 21

 

2014

December 18 | December 1 | October 15 | September 23 | September 3 | August 8July 14 | June 23 | May 29 | May 9 | April 28 | April 11 March 21 | February 26 | February 4January 14

 

2013

December 24 | December 9 | November 13 | October 28 | October 14 | September 30 | September 5 | August 11 | July 29 | July 10 June 28 | June 14 | May 20 | April 28 | April 11 | April 1 | March 21 | March 11 | February 22 | February 12 | February 4 | January 24 | January 16 January 10 | January 2

 

2012

December 19 December 5 | November 21 | November 9 | November 2 | October 26 | October 19 | October 12 | October 5 | September 27 September 21 | April-July* | January-April

 

2011

September-December April-June | January-March | October-January 2011

 

2010

July-October | January-April

 

2009

October-December | August-September | May-JulyMarch-May | November 2008-January 2009 | Columbia River Basin Newsletter (June)

 

2008

September-October | July-August | April-June | Columbia River Basin Watch 2008 Newsletter

 

2007

Columbia River Basin Watch Newsletter | Missouri River Basin Watch

 

2006

Columbia River Basin Watch Newsletter | Missouri River Basin Watch

 

2005

Columbia River Basin Watch Newsletter | Missouri River Basin Watch

 

*Note: The “Aquatic Nuisance Species News in a Nutshell”  was discontinued in July 2012. A regional newsletter, “CRB AIS News,”  has taken its place.

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stop aquatic hitchhikers!

The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is a call to action that empowers recreational users of aquatic resources in the United States and other countries to help stop the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species through outreach and partnerships.

 

You can help by taking the following actions:

  • Understand the threats of aquatic invasive species.

  • Learn to recognize aquatic invasive species and know where to look for them.

  • Clean, Drain and Dry all watercraft, trailer, motors, and gear every time, everywhere.

  • Never release fish, animals, or plants from one waterbody into another.

  • Report new sightings of aquatic invasive species to the appropriate authorities or use the USGS Sighting Report Form.

  • Help inform others about the threat of aquatic invasive species.

  • Encourage your elected officials to support measures that prevent aquatic invasive species.
     

For more information, visit 
http://www.stopaquatichitchhikers.org.

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clean, drain, dry

"Clean, drain, dry” is the mantra of modern boating etiquette. It’s also what we should do with all our equipment whenever we travel from one lake, river or stream to another, even if it’s just our wading boots that have gotten wet. Why? Because invasive species are excellent hitchhikers.

Stop the spread with “Clean, Drain, Dry"


Clean your boats, trailers, boots and anything else that gets wet. Check seams and hard-to-reach places. The best location for this is a commercial car wash – high-pressure water will help blast off anything that might be clinging to gear, and the water should drain to a sanitary sewer or septic system. If you cannot get to a car wash, use a brush and clean water to scrub your boat and gear thoroughly. Do this scrubbing and cleaning before leaving the waterbody, or do it where the wash water draining off your gear will not contaminate another creek or lake. If you have been boating in a part of the country with zebra or quagga mussels, you must have your watercraft cleaned with hot water to make sure that all mussels are not only off, but dead.

 

Once you have cleaned everything, make sure to drain all water from any nook or cranny that may store it. Leave drain plugs out of boats so the bilges can dry. Lastly, dry all gear thoroughly. Do your part to stop invasive species from hitchhiking their way into lakes and other waterbodies. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s the law!

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don't let it loose!

For the health of your pet and the safety of our native wildlife, it's never OK to release pets to the wild. Most pets released to the wild do not survive, and many suffer before they die. Pets are usually unable to find food or shelter in the wild and they are often an easy meal for another creature. If it does manage to survive, your pet becomes an invasive species that native wildlife may not have the defenses to compete against. Invasive species cause harm to the environment and the economy.

If you have a pet you find you can no longer care for, you need to find it a new home – and never, ever, release your pet to the wild. If you are not able to place your pet with another caring owner, your best course is to contact an animal shelter, agency or even a pet store near you. The knowledgeable personnel in these places can help you find the right place for your pet. Use the resources on this website to locate the help you need!

For more information, 

http://www.dontletitloose.com.

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play, clean, go

For more information, visit www.playcleango.org.

  • Arrive with clean gear

  • Burn local or certified firewood

  • Use local or weed-free hay

  • Stay on the trails

  • Before leaving, remove mud and seeds

1. Come clean. Before leaving home, inspect and remove dirt, plants, and bugs from clothing, boots, gear, pets, and vehicles.

 

2. Use only local or certified firewood. Before camping, check for any firewood restrictions at your intended campsite. Shop ahead of time to locate a source of firewood near your campsite. Burn all the wood you bring or leave it onsite.
 

3. Use weed-free or certified hay when horseback riding or for other purposes. If weed-free hay is not available, use straw because it is less likely to carry weed seeds.

 

4. Stay on designated trails when walking, hiking, biking, or riding your horse or OHV.

 

5. Leave clean. Before leaving your campsite, remove any dirt, plants, or bugs from equipment. 

6. Be informed about invasive species that are a problem in your area. If you see them for sale at your local nursery, let them know about your concerns. Learn about and use native plants that grow well in your area. Avoid nonnative plants that self-seed because they may move outside your garden.

Ask about the source of the plants you buy.