Meridian Initiative includes a number of elements to inform people about
invasive species and get them engaged in activities to stop their
introduction and spread. The Zap the Zebra brochure explains the steps that
boaters can take to stop the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive
species, including plants.
inspections and boater surveys will be conducted on major highways entering
the 100th meridian jurisdictions and at key lakes in the west.
Inspections will target boats, trailers, and potentially contaminated
equipment. Boaters will also be asked to participate in a survey to find out
their origin and destination. Theyll also be given a copy of the Zap the
activities include presentations that tell the public about the biology,
impact and pathways for spreading zebra mussels and what they can do to
prevent it. Boat launch signs and identification cards also tell the public
how to identify zebra mussels, clean boats and trailers to stop their spread,
and contact the appropriate authorities if they believe a water body contains
Information Systems are the low-power radio stations that provide information
in national parks and other places of interest. Those along the Lewis &
Clark Trail will provide information about zebra mussels. Web sites also
offer relevant information on zebra mussels and how to stop their spread.
monitoring is a key activity for education and early detection of invasive