wildlife benefits. Visit our website at:
www.usbr.gov and follow us on Twitter @USBR.
water intakes, gates, diversion
screens, hydropower equipment,
pumps, pipelines and boats. Infested
water and hydropower infrastructure
can fail or choke off water transmis-
The mussels also negatively im-
pact the natural ecology, which can
be detrimental to native and en-
dangered species, including native
To learn more about invasive mussel
management and research at Recla-
mation please visit:
Reclamation is the largest wholesale
water supplier in the United States
and the nation¡¯s second largest pro-
ducer of hydroelectric power. Its fa-
cilities also provide substantial flood
control, recreation and fish and
Nature & Wildlife
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
The new CPW Passport lets you track your
progress as you visit all of Colorado¡¯s
state parks and hatcheries.
Bureau of Reclamation allocates
more than $4 million to combat
quagga and zebra mussels in the West
WASHINGTON, June 28, 2018: The Bureau of
Reclamation has allocated more than $4 million
for federal, state, and tribal projects to prevent,
contain, control and monitor invasive quagga and
zebra mussels in the West.
This funding advances actions announced by
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke in June 2017
as part of the initiative called ¡®Safeguarding the
West: Actions to Strengthen Federal, State, and
Tribal Coordination to Address Invasive Mussels¡¯.
This funding builds on $1 million from 2017 to
support initiatives by the federal government, as
well as work by the Western Governors¡¯ Associa-
tion, western states and tribes to protect western
ecosystems, water infrastructure and hydroelec-
tric facilities from invasive mussels.
¡°For more than a century, Reclamation and its
partners in the West have invested in water
infrastructure that is today at risk from invasive
quagga and zebra mussels,¡± Commissioner Bren-
da Burman said. ¡°The funding we are announc-
ing today will be used on efforts to prevent their
spread while improving ways to manage facilities
when the first sign of these invasive mussels is
¡°The fight against invasive mussels in the West
requires collaboration and partnership at all
levels of government, including, importantly,
those between Reclamation and Western states,¡±
said the Western Governors¡¯ Association. ¡°With
this new funding, western states will be able to
enhance invasive mussel management at many
levels, including research, monitoring, preven-
tion, and enforcement.¡±
Highlights of the funded projects include these
** Purchasing inspection and decontamination
stations to inspect and decontaminate boats
leaving the lower Colorado River in California and
Nevada, including supporting the National Park
Service at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
** Supporting the Salish Kootenai Tribe at Flat-
head Lake Aquatic Invasive Species program.
** Developing vulnerability assessments for
facilities and infrastructure at risk of mussel in-
festation in the Columbia River Basin.
** Assisting the State of Arizona in providing law
enforcement support at inspection stations.
** Funding research for the State of Montana
and Reclamation on viability of veligers in re-
sidual water in boats.
** Supporting watercraft inspection stations at
Reclamation reservoirs in Nebraska and Kansas.
** Implementing the state Aquatic Invasive Spe-
cies Management Plan at water bodies owned by
Reclamation in Utah.
** Analyzing water quality to determine which
water bodies should be prioritized for invasive
mussel monitoring and prevention in California.
** Continuing and enhancing water quality and
quagga mussel monitoring program at high-pri-
ority programs in the Pacific Northwest and vari-
ous reservoirs in the upper Colorado River Basin.
** Conducting watercraft inspections at Navajo
and Elephant Butte reservoirs in New Mexico.
Invasive mussels pose challenges for Reclama-
tion and others who manage water.
Invasive mussels are prolific breeders and settle
on or within water facility infrastructure such as
More Muscle To Fight Mussels
Colorado Parks & Wildlife introduces
state park and hatchery passport
DENVER, CO, July, 2018: If you have ever
wanted to visit all 41 state parks and 15
hatcheries located throughout Colorado, you¡¯re
in luck! On Monday, July 23 Colorado Parks
and Wildlife introduced its new passport
Available only at state parks and hatcheries,
this passport allows you to track your progress
as you discover some of the amazing places
Colorado has to offer. We invite you to visit as
many state parks and hatcheries as you can,
and to take your passport with you along the
¡°With our new passport program, we want
to encourage people to get out and explore
the wide variety of state parks and hatcher-
ies located throughout Colorado. Each state
park and hatchery provides a range of experi-
ences, and visitors will have the opportunity to
discover the unique character of each loca-
tion during their visit,¡± said CPW Director Bob
With 58 colored pages, the passport booklet
offers insight into each park and hatchery and
allows visitors to collect stamps at every loca-
tion. Each stamp is unique and represents a
significant feature of that site. Once you have
visited a new location, you will be able to use
your passport to record the date, as well as
your favorite part of the visit.
As you make your way around Colorado, dif-
ferent prizes will be awarded as you reach new
milestones. Once you have received your last
stamp, make sure to have a park or hatchery
representative certify the back page of your
passport. You will then be able to send in a
photo of your passport to collect your comple-
Please visit: cpw.state.co.us/Passport for
further instructions on completing your pass-
port and a list of available prizes.
Passports are free of charge, but please note
that a daily or annual entrance pass is still
needed to access all state parks.
Perfect for a solo challenge or some family fun,
this passport will surely take you on an ad-
venture. Next time you are at a state park or
hatchery, ask for a copy of your very own CPW
Passport and begin your journey through some
of Colorado¡¯s most amazing places.
New CPW ¡®Passport¡¯ Debuts
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily
on license sales, state parks fees and registra-
tion fees to support its operations, including:
41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife
areas covering approximately 900,000 acres,
management of fishing and hunting, wildlife
watching, camping, motorized and non-motor-
ized trails, boating and outdoor education.
CPW¡¯s work contributes approximately $6 bil-
lion in total economic impact annually through-
CPW rescues Rio Grande cutthroat trout
from burned area in San Luis Valley
MONTE VISTA, CO: Because a primary goal
of Colorado Parks and Wildlife is conservation
of native species, aquatic biologists worked
recently to move some Rio Grande cutthroat
trout from harm¡¯s way in the San Luis Valley.
On July 18, to prevent losing fish in rain-
caused debris flows from the Spring Creek Fire,
CPW biologists removed 33 trout from West
The trout in that creek have existed there for
thousands of years as an ¡°aboriginal¡± popu-
lation, explained Estevan Vigil, CPW aquatic
biologist in the San Luis Valley.
¡°The creek is tiny, but Rio Grande cutthroat
thrive there,¡± Vigil said. ¡°We collected fish of
various sizes and identified three different age
classes, which indicates good natural reproduc-
The creek is located on private land on the
west flank of the Sangre de Cristo mountain
There are likely many more fish in the creek,
but by removing some of them CPW is main-
taining the genetic diversity of these trout
which can be added to the overall Rio Grande
cutthroat population in Colorado and New
The fish were taken to CPW¡¯s hatchery in Monte
Vista and will eventually be moved to a lake
where brood-fish are held.
Those fish are spawned by hand and the off-
spring are stocked in headwaters streams of
the Rio Grande.
Over the years, CPW has conducted numerous
fish-rescue operations to conserve the various
sub-species of native cutthroat trout in Colo-
CPW, along with the state of New Mexico has
restored these trout in 752 miles of streams
and 129 separate conservation populations.
Over the last 150 years, the historic range for
the trout has been reduced due to a variety
of changes to the landscape and water quality
along the Rio Grande drainage.
Rio Grande cutthroat trout now only exist in
part of their historic range.
The pure strains of the Rio Grande and other
cutthroats are stocked only in pristine high-
elevation streams and lakes.
¡°Removing these fish and adding them to the
breeding operation will be very beneficial to the
overall Rio Grande cutthroat trout conservation
program,¡± Vigil said.
Trout Genetics Maintained