STATES CHRONICLE – Representatives from the Glacier Park have announced that they are prohibiting boating until they discover what the mussel’s invasion source is. Lauren Alley, a spokesperson for the Glacier National Park, has argued that if all the waters in their park get infested with these creatures, then they need to make sure they are not migrating to different areas of the country.
The mussel larvae have rapidly spread in the waters of the Glacier Park, forcing officials to close boating to protect their visitors and their animals. Apparently, these larvae were detected only in the Tiber Reservoirs at the east of Shelby. However, officials at the park need to investigate any possibility of these mussels spreading to avoid it and eradicate them. Alley has claimed that the regulations of the Glacier Park require the personnel to prohibit boating if the mussels are spreading in the waters of Montana.
She also asserted that their team from the Park would collaborate with others to deal with this problem. The 2014 National Park Services invasive species plan was meant to reestablish control by closing boating. This service was restricted for Bowman Lake or Lake McDonald. If there are cases which announce that tour companies and private holders have boats in the waters of the park, they will need to inspect their boats before setting off.
It is tough to impose restrictions on waters like Middle Fork which pertain to Flathead River and the North Fork because they share authority with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and the Flathead National Forest. This new policy may harm the activities of boaters who set off for a journey to benefit from fantastic views when floating on those rivers and also make use of trout fishing.
Eileen Ryce, who is the manager of the FWP fisheries division, has argued that they do not plan to close boating for now. First, they need to prove if this infestation spreads. They need to further analyze the situation and be prepared to act to benefit from a new start in spring. The mussel larvae were detected nu FWP biologists who tested water samples from Tiber Reservoir which seizes the Missouri River situated in the East of the Glacier Park and the Marias River.
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