The $10.2 million plan includes increasing the number of watercraft inspection stations, creating decontamination stations and increasing water sample collections.
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Washington state are taking part in the study to find out if the animals can be reintroduced to some regions.
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Ben Thomas will become the new director of the state Department of Agriculture. Most recently, he was the USDA’s deputy undersecretary for its marketing and regulatory programs.
Seven groups argue officials ignored key public input and violated existing statutes and policies in developing the plan.