Assemblymember Levine Bill Expanding Quagga Mussel Prevention Programs Passes Out of the Assembly

Thursday, June 1, 2017

(Sacramento)- Assembly Bill 1587 authored by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) was passed on the Assembly Floor on Wednesday, May 31 on a 53 to 21 vote. The bill expands Quagga and Zebra Mussel prevention programs to include decontamination stations at previously contaminated water bodies.

Quagga and Zebra Mussels are invasive species found in 27 states including California. The two species breed and spread rapidly, and latch onto pipes, valves, screens and irrigation canals. This can impede the movement of water and cripple the operation of crucial pieces of water infrastructure.

"Quagga and Zebra mussels are a serious problem facing California water agencies. AB 1587 will provide the tools needed to ensure water agencies and boaters can work together to protect our vital natural resources," said Assemblymember Marc Levine.

"We thank Assemblymember Levine for his leadership on this issue. Preventing the spread of invasive mussels is critical to protecting not only our water supply and infrastructure but fisheries, too," said Sonoma County Water Agency Director James Gore.

In 2012, AB 2443 (Williams) was signed into law, creating the Quagga and Zebra Mussels Infestation Program. The program charges a fee of $10 per year on boat registrations, and established grants to water managers to implement mussel infestation prevention plans. The program does not allow for grants to fund decontamination stations at previously contaminated water bodies. AB 1587 will help stop infestations from spreading beyond their source.

AB 1587 will next move to the Senate.

Assemblymember Marc Levine represents the 10th Assembly District, which includes Marin and Sonoma Counties.

CONTACT: Minnie Santillan, (916) 319-2010, Minnie.santillan@asm.ca.gov