Call for Input via survey! Needs Assessment Survey: Training Program for conducting underwater searches for invasive mussels

Last year the USGS worked with the USFWS to develop procedures that could be used by SCUBA divers to identify and collect invasive mussels. Those procedures were published and can be downloaded from the internet (Adams 2010, Procedures for conducting underwater searches for invasive mussels (Dreissena sp.): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1308, 44 p. The URL is: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2010/1308/
The USGS and USFWS are continuing their collaboration to develop a training program for conducting underwater searches for invasive mussels in the Columbia River Basin. A key element in preventing the spread of mussels is early detection, thereby enabling the colony to be contained and potentially eradicated. The purpose of this project is to develop training material based on the published procedures and develop training methods designed to prepare established agency dive programs (i.e., federal and state scientific dive teams and/or state and county SCUBA search and rescue dive teams) to implement the procedures in the event they are called on to confirm the presence and distribution of mussels in the Columbia River Basin.

We are currently developing the training material, but we need your help. Your response to the 10 multiple-choice questions in the attached survey will help us design the training material and develop the format to disseminate the information effectively. Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey.

link to survey

Please respond by May 13, 2011.

You can respond by:
Emailing:
nadams@usgs.gov

By U.S. Postal Service to:
Noah Adams
USGS-Columbia River Research Laboratory
5501A Cook-Underwood Road
Cook, WA, 98605

Thank you for your time and effort.