Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Fee Grant Program

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    2014/15 Quagga Grant Funding Summary

    2016/17 QZ MUSSEL PREVENTION GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION contains materials and information for the preparation and submission of an application.


    As part of its mission, DBW manages the QZ Mussel Prevention Grant Program, which will provide funding to programs and aide in the infestation prevention of the dreissenid mussel in California reservoirs.

    The potential savings to the State due to prevention and education efforts provided through the grant program could avert significant damage to the water delivery system. that provides drinking water to millions of Californians, or damage to the irrigation network that supports a $30 billion per year agricultural industry, and could produce extraordinary economic and social consequences.

    Priority is given to dreissenid mussel infestation Prevention Plans that are consistent with Fish and Game Code, Section 2302, which also takes into consideration the benefits of a regional-scale dreissenid mussel infestation Prevention Plan such as:

    • Assessing the vulnerability of the reservoir for the introduction of non-native dreissenid mussel species by, but not limited to:

    1)  Monitoring the number of visitors
    2)  Inquire as to the origin of visitors (relative to dreissenid infested waters)
    3)  Monitor outside equipment that is allowed (rentals)
    4)  Survey the duration of use (day-use, slipped/moored)
    5)  Monitor access (managed or unmanaged)
    6)  Prevention efforts being implemented
    7)  Education efforts being implemented

    • Develop and implement a program designed to prevent the introduction of non-native dreissenid mussel species by including, at a minimum, all of the following:

    1)  Public Education consists of handouts, flyers, signage, postings and verbal communication and education.
    2)  Monitoring consist of applying substrate and plankton tows equipment for monitoring the adult and/or larval mussels.
    3)  Management of those recreational, boating or fishing activities that are permitted which shall include, but not limited to; inspections, decontamination stations and/or information where to decontaminate a vessel, exit inspections and banding of vessels to trailers.