The Council of State Governments West


March 5, 2014

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Quagga Musssels
Border Region Economic Competitiveness Forums
Interstate Compacts Webinar
2014 CSG & CSG West Annual Conference 

August 9-13. 2014
Anchorage Alaska
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Interstate Compacts-Background, History and Modern Use
 March. 6, 2 p.m. EST
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Mental Health First Aid: Building Safety and Reducing Stigma
March 11, 1 p.m. EST
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Quagga Mussels Spreading in the West, Now in Lake Powell

By Hans Poschman, CSG West Policy Analyst

Retrieval of zebra mussel-encrusted Vector Averaging Current Meter near Michigan City, IN. Lake Michigan, June 1999.


Quagga and Zebra Mussels continue to spread in the West, despite efforts to curtail or prevent their spread. Quagga Mussels first arrived in the Great Lakes in the late 1980's and since then have spread throughout the country. On February 25, the National Park Service and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources officials announced that thousands of adult quagga mussels were found in various locations in Lake Powell.


Throughout the country zebra and quagga mussels have caused billions of dollars in damage and many states are spending millions to control existing populations and more to prevent them from spreading to other water bodies. Controlling the mussel populations is difficult because they are very resilient. The mussels can survive outside of water for seven days, thus recreational boats can accidentally carry the invasive species from one lake to another without the owner knowing it. Once present the mussels quickly reproduce.  A female mussel can produce 1 million eggs per year; though less than 1% are believed to survive to the juvenile stage. Keep reading...

 Border Legislative Conference to Convene 

Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums



The Border Legislative Conference (BLC) is set to convene four Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums (RECFs) along the United States - Mexico border. These forums build on the previous work of the BLC's Economic Development Committee, including efforts in 2005 that led to the development of a white paper titled, "A New Vision for Trade along the U.S.-Mexico Border Region" which provided recommendations to promote efficient and secure trade between the two countries.


The RECFs will be focused along the following border sub-regions: California - Baja California; Arizona - Sonora; Texas-Chihuahua-New Mexico; and Texas - Coahuila-Nuevo Leon-Tamaulipas. These forums are aimed at convening key regional stakeholders, identifying and promoting strategies to improve the border region's competitiveness, and developing updated recommendations for local, state (legislative and executive branches) and federal governments in both countries. The recommendations that result from each of the forums will be published and then compiled in a final comprehensive report designed to promote strategic planning and develop collaborative partnerships among federal, regional, state, local, and private sector entities on both sides of the border.


The first of the forums, California - Baja California RECF, will take place in San Diego, California on March 20-21, 2014. The second forum for the Arizona - Sonora region will take place in Nogales, Arizona on April 25, 2014. These forums are made possible by a cooperative agreement with USAID.


For more information about the RECFs, please contact the BLC Staff at 916-553-4423 or 

Interstate Compacts:
Background, History and Modern Use Webinar


 Thursday, March 6, 2 p.m. EST


While the use of interstate compacts dates back to the founding of the nation, this tool has become increasingly popular for state policymakers seeking ways to address interstate policy challenges short of federal intervention. This webinar, the first in a series, will focus on the background, history and modern use of interstate compacts, with insights shared by Rick Masters, legal adviser to three national interstate compact commissions affiliated with CSG.
Rick Masters
Special counsel, CSG/National Center for Interstate Compacts
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The mission of CSG West is to facilitate regional, nonpartisan cooperation and exchange of information, and to strengthen legislative institutions among our 13 member states. These services are achieved through a variety of programs and services offered to legislators and their staff, including the convening of policy forums, professional development training, international relations opportunities, publications and institutional links with other political entities in the West.   


CSG West serves the Western legislatures of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Associate members include the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and the Pacific islands of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.