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Invasive Zebra Mussels Could Cost Millions if they Reach Reservoirs
An insidious invasive mollusk is threatening to disrupt Texas ecosystems and clog municipal water systems.

Zebra mussels have spread southward through rivers and streams and now infest 14 Texas water bodies along five river basins. Canyon Lake is the infected water body nearest to Corpus Christi.

The spread of zebra mussels has serious economic consequences, recreational and environmental impacts. Dallas has spent millions trying to clear its mussel-encrusted infrastructure. But zebra mussels also threaten native freshwater mussels and other aquatic species, while degrading water clarity and causing harmful algal blooms.

Mussels colonies can cover shoreline rocks and litter beaches with sharp shells, clog water intakes, damage or increase maintenance on hydroelectric facilities, and damage boats and motors left in infested waters.



 
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Restoring Native Vegetation - Lake Conroe has a volatile history of aquatic vegetation management. Hydrilla infested the reservoir soon after the reservoir filled, resulting in coverage of approximately 10,000 acres by the early 1980’s. To control hydrilla, large numbers diploid grass carp were stocked. Grass carp not only controlled hydrilla, but also eliminated most other aquatic vegetation in the lake and continued to inhibit plant growth into the late 1990’s.


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