AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES (water-associated organisms). Non-native (exotic) Uncontrollable Ecologic & Economic Harm. UTAH’S AIS. PATHOGENS Whirling Disease Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia. FUNGUS & ALGAE Chytrid Didymo. PLANTS Phragmites Tamarisk Purple Loosestrife
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Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia
FUNGUS & ALGAE
DNR (SP&R, Water Resources)
UT Dept Ag
Water Conservancy Districts
UT Angler Assoc.
Industry Water Users
5 AIS Biologists
22 Wildlife Technicians
5 Conservation Officers
$1.64 Million/yrUtah’s AIS Task Force
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Native to Russia--spread throughout Europe
Arrived St. Lawrence Seaway mid 1980s
Spread: Great Lakes, Canada & U.S.
Mississippi River Basin to New Orleans
East & Mid West US (100th Meridian)
January 2007 Arrived Western U.S.
Lower Colorado River
* Mead (NV)
* Mohave (AZ)
* Havasu (CA)
Lake Powell, August 07
Typical Maintenance Expenditures in the East
Lake Michigan Lake Trout declined 95% in 10 years--WHY?
*Plankton decrease Likely
*Species change Likely
*Decreased “K” (length & weight) Likely
*Loss of native mollusks Likely
January 2007 Quagga
August 2007– veligers detected in Lake Powell
Lots of Industries in Utah Use Water
Over 1,120 miles of pipelines in Utah
Over 4,573 miles of canals in Utah
150 reservoirs @100+ ac (Storage & Recreation)
NPS Initiated Self-Certification at Lake Powell
DNR Policy: Prevent Invasion of Dreissena Mussel
(Included all 65,000 UT Boat Owners)
I. Maintain Sufficient Budget:
II. Secure Legislation for an Interdiction Act
III. Write AIS Management Plan
IV. Be Vigilant
To: Aquatic Invasive Species
Subject:Watch Out, We’re Coming!