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Dec. 1, 2106 —The Montana Mussel Response team today announced immediate temporary emergency restrictions on the launch or removal of all boats, docks, and other structures for Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs.
Matt Wolcott, Incident Commander for the State’s Mussel Incident Response Team, said the restrictions are necessary to prevent the potential spread of invasive aquatic mussels from the two reservoirs to other uncontaminated water bodies in Montana and elsewhere.
The restrictions were approved this afternoon by the directors of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP).
“This closure prohibits the launch or removal of any boat, dock, or other structure that could potentially transport mussels,” said Wolcott. “The closure will remain in effect until ice-up on the reservoirs.”
Wolcott said the Response Team, which includes officials from DNRC and FWP, will reassess whether to extend the closure following ice breakup in spring.