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Decontamination Information

Decontamination ManualThe Bureau of Reclamation has developed and released an Equipment Inspection and Cleaning Manual to help prevent the spread of invasive species through contaminated equipment use. This manual provides recommendations for inspection and cleaning of vehicles and equipment as a prevention tool to limit the spread of invasive species.

The manual is organized to present equipment inspection techniques, equipment cleaning methods, and finally the identification of invasive biology and habitats of some of the common invasive species that are of potentially high consequence to Reclamation. Examples include quagga and zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, giant salvinia, eurasian watermilfoil, and hydrilla. These and many other invasive species can be inadvertently introduced into new sites on contaminated equipment.

Not all types of equipment are described in the manual, but a process is presented to guide field personnel through general inspection and cleaning decisions for any equipment type.

This manual was developed with the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

To obtain a copy of the manual, please visit www.usbr.gov/pps.

 

Recommended Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards

By following common sense guidelines a watercraft interception program can readily identify high risk watercraft so that more restrictive strategies can be focused where they are the most critically needed. To this end, we present Recommended Uniform Minimum Protocols and Standards for Watercraft Interception Programs for Dreissenid Mussels in the Western United States, a report prepared for the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, by Bill Zook and Stephen Phillips, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Arizona Department of Game & Fish

Arizona’s Decontamination Protocols for Day Use Boaters and Long Term Use/Moored Boats at Arizona AIS affected waters are based on Director's Orders. These emphasize "Clean, Drain, and Dry," the mantra of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign.

  1. Director's Orders #1 (listing zebra and quagga mussels)
  2. Director's Orders #2 (designated affected waters)
  3. Director's Orders #3 (mandatory decontamination)


Zebra Mussels


Zebra Mussel Druse


Zebra Mussels on Rock


Mussel on Monofilament





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