Raising Awareness of Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species

For the 9th consecutive year, the League led efforts to raise awareness of the threat posed by aquatic invasive species in the Missouri River. Events were held in May and June in the Gavins Point Dam area on the Nebraska-South Dakota border. This year proved to be a record year for the event! We made contact with more than 960 boaters and anglers from 13 states.

Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species takes three simple steps: clean, drain, and dry your equipment every time you come off the water. That’s a rule everyone needs to follow, regardless of where we fish or boat.

Zebra mussels were discovered in Lewis and Clark Lake, a Missouri River reservoir above Gavins Point Dam, in 2015. That population is expected to grow significantly this summer. Invasive species disrupt and displace native fish, plants, and wildlife and can hinder outdoor recreation and other uses of our waters.

Prevent aquatic invaders! Learn tips to keep your boat and equipment clean.