Washington State Warns of Aquatic Invasive Species

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants people know about the dangers invasive aquatic species pose to the state’s environment and economy.

Officials are urging residents to never release home or classroom pets, animals, or plants into the wild, such as rivers, streams, lakes, wetland sanctuaries, or storm water ponds.

The department says every year, people who think they are “doing a good deed” by releasing the former pets are unknowingly causing seriously harm to the environment and breaking state law.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story.

Invasive species cost the United States billions of dollars each year. Some of the most devastating invasive species originally were sold as pets or plants for gardens, ponds, and aquariums.

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