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Controlling Aquatic Invasive Species: Mission Impossible?
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 8:00am to Friday, May 4, 2012 - 8:00pm

Dates: April 30-May 4, 2012

Location: Lake Mead, Nevada

The discovery of quagga mussels in Lake Mead in 2007 significantly heightened concerns about the expansion of aquatic invasive species (AIS) throughout the West. These dime-sized mollusks quickly encrusted docks and boats, clogged pipes carrying drinking and irrigation water, and damaged machinery and disrupted operations at Hoover Dam. In response, federal, state and local agencies in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana have intensified efforts to assess the threats from AISs to fresh waters in the Columbia Basin and to coordinate actions to prevent their spread. Control measures include research and monitoring, public education, mandatory boat inspections, and establishment of rapid response teams. The seminar will be held in the Lake Mead area to understand the economic and ecological impacts of quagga mussels and allow interactions with government officials and scientists engaged in control efforts. This case study will also examine the effectiveness of multi-state strategies to prevent the spread of invasive mussels to the Columbia River basin and illustrate lessons that can be applied to controlling other aquatic nuisance plants and animals.

The Executive Seminar Program is an advanced leadership training program for natural resource leaders offered by the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and the Center for Public Service at Portland State University. For more information, visit the program web page.