By Nicole Giffin – In 2007, quagga mussels were discovered in Lake Mead and have since spread throughout the southwestern United States. Because of the serious ecological and economic problems that the mussels create, all Western states have developed inspection and decontamination stations to help stop the spread of these invasive species to new bodies of water. This article discusses the Fourth Amendment and Privacy Act of 1974 issues associated with watercraft tracking and proposes other means of achieving states’ goals.
By Terra H. Bowling – Zebra and quagga mussels entered the United States in the late 1980s and most recently appeared in several Western states. Western states are anxious to stop the spread of these invasive species, which wreak havoc on native ecosystems and water delivery infrastructure. However, variability among state and federal law presents a challenge to stopping the spread of the mussels. This Article examines the issues that arise when laws prohibit only the transport of “live” mussels.
By Stephanie Showalter Otts & Terra Bowling – This Article provides an overview of the quagga and zebra mussel invasion, including environmental and economic impacts, and highlights the recent legislative and regulatory efforts of Western states to slow the geographic expansion of dreissenid mussels. The Article concludes with a brief discussion of the ongoing challenges associated with zebra and quagga mussel prevention.