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Invasive Mussel species shuts down waterways in Glacier

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No boating in Glacier National Park is a mandate that's never been made before.

This invasive mussel threat hits too close to the crown of the continent as glacier serves as a major Montana watershed.

Biologists feel this decision was one that had to be made.

Flathead natives have come to rely on waterways in Glacier Park for their favorite activities like boating. 

Unfortunately, the threat is so severe the park has shut down their water ways.

It’s something park officials were hoping to avoid with the launch of mandatory boat check inspections in 2011.

Caryn Miske, executive director of Flathead Basin Commission says, “Essentially motorized boats were inspected in the park prior to launching, which hopefully has protected the park and served it well."

Miske say invasive species can clog up dams and reservoirs which cause billions of dollars to be lost for hydro plants and agriculture every year.

And this impacts our lives.

Caryn Miske also says the costs are staggering, “From an economic perspective the costs are staggering.  The cost to hydro nationwide is in the billions, not millions, but billions of dollars annually now”

So Miske says this has to happen as a way to protect Glacier's pristine water, from other infected areas.

Meanwhile while popular waterways such as these are continuing to be shut down Flathead natives will just have to find other places where they can enjoy their favorite activities such as boating. 

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