Popeye the mussel-sniffing dog update

Dear North Coast Mussel Prevention Partners:

No mussels were found by Popeye over Memorial Day weekend.  Popeye was at Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino and inspected close to 100 watercraft.  Below is a link to a Ukiah Daily Journal article about the inspection results:Lake Mendocino inspections

http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/news/ci_23350659/dog-trained-sniff-invasive-mussels-found-none-at

View our YouTube video of Popeye sniffing for mussels:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWi3hhhbsBg&list=UUEes6jhkv_EameOk2n7MObQ&index=1

Overall, we received very positive feedback from the boating community.  Everyone was very interested in learning more about the mussels and support a mandatory boat inspection program.  Several boaters had been to Lake Tahoe and had their boats inspected there.  We had one boat come through with a band from Santa Clara County.  That boater was hoping a similar banding program would take place in our region.

We will keep you updated on this program’s progress as we move forward.  Popeye will be back out the weekend after the 4th of July.  We are re-stocking sporting good shelves with our brochures and handouts as part of our ongoing educational campaign. Many thanks for your ongoing work and support for this program.

Thank you!

Brad Sherwood
Community & Governmental Affairs Manager
Sonoma County Water Agency
707-547-1927
sherwood@scwa.ca.gov