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Prezi presentation for Preventing an Invasion: Building a Regional Defense against Quagga and Zebra Mussels

Lisa DeBruyckere

on 15 May 2013

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Preventing an Invasion: Building a Regional Defense against Quagga and Zebra Mussels Building on Existing Regional Successes Building on Existing Regional Successes Boat Inspection Stations PNW Facts
2012 - 106,000 boats inspected
109 boats intercepted
Lower Colorado River sites, Florida, Lake Micigan, etc. Is There A Better Way? Protect the NorthWest
Potential What is the greatest threat to PNW waters? We Are Moving In The Direction of a Coordinated Collaborative Approach Phoenix, Arizona AIS 2012
Legal and Regulatory Efforts to Minimize Expansion of Invasive Mussels through Watercraft Movements Workshop
Action Plan Outcomes Protect the NorthWest
Current Situation And there's more in store for the Pacific Northwest! We're almost there . . . Regional Examples of Collaboration and Coordination What are we doing? May 16
Federal Regulatory Framework for Controlling the Movement of Invasive Species and Updates on National Coordination Efforts (post-Phoenix) May 6
Programmatic infrastructure
New 2012 law prohibiting transport May 15
Preventing an Invasion: Building a Regional Defense Against Quagga and Zebra Mussels 2012
Used an emergency rule change to specify the prohibition in the Wildlife Integrity Rules to include both "live and dead" dreissenid mussels (no legislative action was required). 2013
There is established a statewide invasive species management area for the purpose of preventing the introduction, importation, and infestation of invasive species through the mandatory inspection of vessels and equipment at key entry points to the state on a seasonal basis and the mandatory decontamination of any vessel or equipment on or in which an invasive species is detected. Does the PNW have the
infrastructure for required
regional coordination? COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN TEAM
NORTHWEST POWER AND CONSERVATION COUNCIL Legislative Activities National bills
HR 996
Provides a "white list approach" to those species considered novel to U.S. trade
Provides emergency listing authority
Provides a cost-recovery mechanism
Expands taxa authority
Decision making based on risk screening
Schumer bill - EDRR
allow states and local authorities to petition the Department of the Interior (DOI) for grants as soon as they identify a threat from invasive species
Excellent examples of states passing IS legislation Funding Activities States are doing what they can
Boat and AIS permits/check stations We have the science and technical people
We have a priority
We have the infrastructure for regional collaboration
We have the legislative experience and know what policy changes are needed
We can protect the PNW from Quagga and Zebra mussels Summary for the Pacific Northwest We know what is needed to address this legislatively:

Strong, consistent law enforcement programs - fix the gap in federal law.
List the Genus Dreissena as an “Injurious Species” under the Lacey Act (56 FR 56592) to address interstate transport issues.
Congress should amend the Lacey Act to add the genus Dreissena.
Department of Interior and National Park Service need to require mandatory inspections and decontaminations of moored boats before leaving ALL federal and inter-jurisdictional waters. Federal assistance is needed:

Expand boat inspection/decontamination in uninfested regions ($19M annually)
Fund ANS plans ($4M annually)
Fund Lower Colorado River efforts ($1M annually) We have too much to lose if we do not . . . . THE END Outreach Lobbying Science and
Information Create Actions
Monitor Results Training
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