STOP AQUATIC HITCHHIKERS!
Click here for a New York Times article about the effect of zebra and quagga mussels on the mighty dams of the southwest.
The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is designed to address the multiple challenges of an environmental issue known collectively as aquatic nuisance species.
Aquatic Nuisance species, such as zebra and quagga mussels (pictured below), can:
- Reduce game fish populations
- Ruin boat engines and jam steering equipment
- Make lakes/rivers unusable by boaters and swimmers
- Dramatically increase the operating costs of drinking water plants, power plants, dam maintenance, and industrial processes
- Reduce native species
- Degrade ecosystems
- Affect human health
- Reduce property values
- Affect local economies of water-dependent communities.
Invasive species represent one of the greatest threats to our waters. Recreational activities are a potential pathway for aquatic invasive species to spread. Do your part--clean all visible plant materials and sediment from boats, waders, fishing gear and other equipment.
Some of the more aggressive Aquatic Hitchhikers are:
Zebra and Quagga mussels African elodea
Hydrilla Rusty crayfish
For more information on this important subject, visit www.protectyourwaters.net or the Colorado Division of Wildlife aquatic invasive web page.