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CDFW Information | CDFW Briefly Limiting Boat Use at Fresno County Wildlife Space


CDFW Briefly Limiting Boat Use at Fresno County Wildlife Space

The California Division of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has quickly restricted boat use on the Mendota Wildlife Space in Fresno County.

As a consequence of an overgrowth of invasive water hyacinth, trailered boats can be quickly prohibited from getting into the Mendota Wildlife Space to be used in Fresno Slough. The restriction is efficient instantly and scheduled via Feb. 13, 2023.

Water hyacinth, an invasive aquatic plant native to the Amazon, will be detrimental when launched to non-native environments. Along with impairing pumping operations, hyacinth varieties dense mats within the water which might tangle boat props and impede navigation. This yr, an overgrowth of water hyacinth has restricted entry to conventional waterfowl looking areas on the north and south sides of the wildlife space’s Tule Island.

In partnership with CDFW, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority, California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways and native irrigation districts are engaged on a long-term plan to manage water hyacinth inside the Fresno Slough. The management effort will seemingly take a number of years to finish and trailered boat entry can be reinstated when the present hyacinth infestation has been lowered.

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Media Contact:
Ken Paglia, CDFW Communications, (916) 825-7120

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