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By Shaylee Ragar
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Montana Lawmakers Consider New Ways To Protect Against Aquatic Invasive Species


March 20, 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks displays an example of what aquatic invasive species look like. Here, mussels are encrusted on a pipe. Photo by Shaylee Ragar / UM Legislative News Service.

A prolific alien organism is closing in on Montana's ecosystem and could have dire consequences for food production, outdoor recreation and the economy if it crosses the state's borders.

Aquatic invasive species have widely infected the Midwest and are continuing to spread.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and state lawmakers are racing to protect the state from all invasive species, but aquatic species like quagga and zebra mussels in particular. Proposals include allowing counties to implement new taxes, creating a new fee for boat owners and establishing new boat inspection requirement...

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