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SubSurface: Resisting Montana's Underwater Invaders

  • Hosted by Nicky Ouellet

Montana was invaded last summer. Not by land, not by air, but by water. A microscopic alien showed up in water samples from the Tiber Reservoir, opening the door to a wide range of potentially devastating impacts for Montana's fisheries, outdoor enthusiasts and industries.

What happens if Montana fails to stop the coming invasion of zebra and quagga mussels threatening the state's water bodies? MTPR's Nicky Ouellet looks into Montana's future (or one possible future) to see how the invasive mussels changed the Great Lakes region, and examines Montana's efforts to detect and prevent their spread.

Learn more about Montana's underwater invaders, on SubSurface, a new podcast from Montana Public Radio, starting November 20, 2017.

For SubSurface, we sent Nicky Ouellet on a reporting trip into the future. To what Montana’s waterways could look like if the aliens take hold like they have in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Those states faced the same challenge decades ago. The consequences are often not pretty.

We'll hear from biologists and anglers, crews at water treatment plants and hydroelectric dams, little kids and old people, about what it means to live in an invaded landscape.

There’s been a lot of reporting about Montana’s efforts to fend off mussels, but not much about what the long term consequences look like if we fail. And looking at other states’ experiences helps us evaluate whether Montana is doing enough, and focusing its time and money in the right places.

Tune in to the five-episode series right here on MTPR, or wherever you get your podcasts, starting November 20.

 

Montana was invaded last summer. Not by land, not by air, but by water. A microscopic alien showed up in water samples from the Tiber Reservoir, opening the door to a wide range of potentially devastating impacts for Montana's fisheries, outdoor enthusiasts and industries.

What happens if Montana fails to stop the coming invasion of zebra and quagga mussels threatening the state's water bodies? MTPR's Nicky Ouellet looks into Montana's future (or one possible future) to see how the invasive mussels changed the Great Lakes region, and examines Montana's efforts to detect and prevent their spread.