The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a special teleconference meeting on Wednesday, March 22 to consider special watercraft rules at Canyon Ferry and Tiber Reservoirs.
The rules proposed would require watercraft leaving the reservoirs to get inspected and, if necessary, decontaminated.
Boaters who recreate primarily on Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs, however, may be eligible to participate in a "local boater" program to bypass recurring inspections.
The Local Boater program will allow watercraft owners to complete an educational course on aquatic invasive species and sign an agreement with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks pledging to only use the boat at either Canyon Ferry or Tiber Reservoir.
Should the owner want to use the watercraft at another waterbody, as part of the pledge, the owner would be required to get the watercraft decontaminated.
These proposed rules are part of Montana's response to the discovery of aquatic invasive mussels in Montana. Last fall Tiber Reservoir tested positive for the invasive mussels and Canyon Ferry had one suspect test. Ensuring mussels stay contained to the two reservoirs is a key component of the Joint Mussel Response team's plan for the coming year.
The commission meeting will start at 9 a.m. Audio will be available at FWP Headquarters and all Regional offices, and where the public will also be able to comment. For agenda and cover sheet, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov
; under "Quick Links" click "Commission."
FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements call FWP at 406-444-3186.