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CSKT declares emergency over mussel threat

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The discovery of mussel larvae in the Tiber Reservoir, Canyon Ferry Lake and the Missouri and Milk rivers has brought a wave of concern. (MTN News photo) The discovery of mussel larvae in the Tiber Reservoir, Canyon Ferry Lake and the Missouri and Milk rivers has brought a wave of concern. (MTN News photo)
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Leaders of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are declaring a state of emergency over the threat of mussels infesting Flathead Lake and other waters on the Reservation. 

The CSKT Tribal Council passed the resolution Tuesday, following on the statewide emergency declared by Governor Bullock at the end of November. 

Tribal Chair Vernon Finley says the step is needed to "best protect" waters on the reservation from Quagga and zebra mussels and allow the tribe to "focus efforts". 

The declaration allows the tribe to form an incident management team to work on local protective efforts and collaborate with the Montana Mussel Response Team as action plans are developed. 

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