Idaho Rep. Eric Anderson Passes Invasive Species Bill

The Idaho State Legislature this past week passed a bill to help Idaho protect it’s waters from aquatic invaders heading their way.  Quagga and Zebra Mussels have plagued the Great Lakes and Mississippi River drainage since their introduction in the 1980’s.  One mussel can generate tens of thousands of offspring in one growing season and these mussels attached to hard surfaces, like the inside of drinking water deliver systems, power plant cooling systems, irrigation delivery systems and other key infrastructure systems.  Prevention will be key as once these organisms are introduced, they tend to be impossible to control.  Rep. Anderson has spearheaded the protection of Idaho’s water resources and this bill will provide funding from user fees to launch this program.  The main mode of spread is on boat trailers and this law provides for a yearly fee on boat owners to fund the prevention program.  For more information you can go to:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/mar/31/boat-sticker-bill-goes-idaho-governor/

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