Aquatic Invasive Species

quagga propeller
Quagga mussels on a boat propeller

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Protect your waters—Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals and pathogens that can significantly harm native aquatic ecosystems and negatively impact visitor use and enjoyment of Lake Roosevelt. AIS such as quagga and zebra mussels, New Zealand mudsnail and Eurasian watermilfoil can clog cooling systems on boats, ruin fisheries, foul hulls and equipment and adversely impact lakeshore recreation. These species can hitch rides on boats, trailers, fishing gear, waders and even seaplanes.

Why Should We Be Concerned About AIS?

  • Economic impacts to hydropower and water systems. Industrial biofouling of hydropower facilities, irrigation canals, and water pumps can occur when invasive species are present in an aquatic system.
  • Recreation impacts to boating, angling, swimming and more. Docks, beaches and boats can become encrusted by invasive species.
  • Ecological impacts to native fish, invertebrates, plants, waterfowl, and water quality;reduced production in Lake Roosevelt. Invasive species can take over habitat from native species, reduce native populations and even spread toxic algal blooms.


What Can You Do to Help Prevent AIS?

Currently Lake Roosevelt is relatively free of AIS. We currently do NOT have quagga or zebra mussels or New Zealand mudsnails and want to keep it that way! There are areas in the lake with invasive aquatic plants such as Eurasian watermilfoil;and invasive rusty crayfish can be found throughout the lake. You can help continue to keep Lake Roosevelt's waters clean by following the steps below every time you leave a water body.

Clean boat, trailer and equipment. Remove plants, mud and debris.

Drain water from bilge, ballast, livewell, motor and bait bucket.

Dry all equipment for 5 days before entering new water.

Never move plants or live animals away from a water body.

If your boat has been in waters with confirmed or suspected AIS (such as Lake Mead, Mohave or Powell) within the last 30 days please call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife AIS hotline at 1-888-WDFW-AIS.

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Mailing Address:

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
1008 Crest Drive

Coulee Dam, WA 99116

Phone:

(509) 754-7800

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