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Seaplanes Eyed in Invasive Species Efforts
Biologists first detected the invasive zebra and quagga mussels in Montana waters — the Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs — last year, spurring a massive effort to scrub boats of mussels and their larvae.

While aircraft number far fewer than boats, regulators fear they could transport the organisms vast distances into uncontaminated lakes and rivers.

The Commission and seaplane pilots’ groups are now debating how to carry out those inspections.

The Flathead Basin Commission, which includes government agencies and environmental groups, recently weighed banning “seaplanes, float planes, and all other waterborne planes that land on the waters of the Flathead Basin.”



 
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