Federal Agencies Collaborate to Protect Aquatic Resources

Interior Department working to reduce mussels and other other invasive species.

Last week, the Department of the Interior announced a new effort dubbed A Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, and six Department of the Interior bureaus. The memorandum outlines the rapid response to outbreaks of invasive mussel species in freshwater bodies.

“Invasive mussels and other invasive species pose a significant risk to the Forest Service’s ability to meet our stewardship mission on national forests and grasslands, and across the landscape,” said Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “Healthy streams, lakes, and rivers benefit Americans in a myriad of ways, from clean drinking water to important native species to diverse recreational opportunities. One in five Americans relies on water that comes from National Forest System lands, and we are committed to working with our partners to protect and sustain the nation’s vital aquatic resources.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Department of the Interior as they care for the country’s waterways.
  • That the Memorandum of Understanding would provide the best guidance for stewarding national water resources.
  • That the teamwork between the departments would be effective and beneficial.

Sources: Interior Department


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