Aquatic Invasive Species Education Presentation Offered at WWCC

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GREEN RIVER — Western Wyoming Community College and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are teaming up to offer two seminars on aquatic invasive species (AIS), in an effort to inform more people about their harmful effects and negative impacts to humans and other wildlife.

Jessica Warner, Evanston Aquatic Invasive Species Crew Leader for the Game and Fish says both presentations are stand-alone and not a series.

They are free and open to the public and will be held at WWCC Green River Campus.

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“The dates for the AIS seminars are August 13th and September 10th,” Warner said. “We will begin each presentation at 7 p.m. and will run approximately one hour.”

“The presentation will cover the biology and introduction of AIS in the U.S. We will also be taking a look at the harmful effects AIS cause to the waterways they have been introduced into, as well as potential threats to Wyoming waters.

“The event is informal and will conclude with a short Q&A session,” said Warner.

Aquatic invasive species are non-native organisms that can cause significant harm to an ecosystem when introduced.

Aquatic invasive species like quagga mussels and zebra mussels are small organisms that could have huge impacts for Wyoming’s waters, boaters, and anglers.

They can ruin fisheries, clog cooling systems in motorboats, foul hulls, and ruin equipment.

Anyone who uses water or recreates on water will be impacted.

For more information and to RSVP please call 307-677-1238 so that adequate seating and information handouts will be available.