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Keep quaggas out of Arizona

Citizen Staff Writer
Our Opinion

Like buffelgrass and the mosquitofish, another exotic species also threatens Arizona’s environment.

The invasive quagga mussel that already has wreaked havoc in the Great Lakes region now poses a threat to our state as well.

So we welcome a proposed law by state Rep. Nancy McLain, R-Bullhead City, to require border checkpoints for inspections and decontamination of boats and other watercraft entering our state.

Longtime Arizonans remember the old inspection stations that prevented the import of produce, a move that kept destructive insects from damaging our agricultural economy.

That program likely saved our citrus and pecan groves, and deterring an invasion of quagga mussels may save our lakes and other waterways.

McLain’s bill should be approved to safeguard our state.

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