This was a record year for the League-led Missouri River Invasive Species Awareness Event, held at boat ramps and recreation areas above and below Gavins Point Dam in Nebraska and South Dakota. In our 11th year of the event, we taught 1,545 boaters, anglers, and recreationists from 11 states how to avoid spreading invasive species. (This included a new single-day record of 756 connections in June!)
League staff collaborated with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks; Army Corps of Engineers; and National Park Service on this year’s event. People received information about invasive species, especially zebra mussels and Asian carp, and how they can prevent the spread by following three simple steps: clean, drain, and dry all equipment every time you come off the water.
The League’s work on the Invasive Species Awareness Event was funded by a grant from the Gilchrist Foundation.