Given the increasing pressures on Montana’s lakes from aquatic invasive species (AIS), climate change and increased human development, the need to gather consistent, accurate information on conditions from Montana’s lakes has never been greater. In 2017, the Montana Legislature established the Upper Columbia Conservation Commission (UC3) to enhance early AIS detection and rapid response efforts through increased coordination with water management agencies within the Columbia River Basin in Montana. The purpose of the UC3 is to protect the aquatic environment in tributaries to the Columbia River from the threat of invasive species. The UC3 is tasked with monitoring the condition of aquatic resources by providing coordination on response and detection efforts. The Upper Columbia Lakes Network (UCLN) was formed to support UC3s efforts.
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