Tomorrow's Water Today
2:45 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

New boating rules to combat zebra mussel spread

If you're boating in one of 17 North Texas counties - including Collin, Fannin, Kaufman and Rockwall - there are some new rules.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department regulations aimed at halting the spread of invasive zebra mussels mean that you must drain and dry your boat and other equipment before leaving the lake. KETR spoke with a TPWD staffer, Ken Kurzawski, about the new guidelines

Tomorrow's Water Today: Ken Kurzawski of Texas Parks and Wildlife discusses the problem of zebra mussels and regulations designed to stop the spread of the invasive species. (Mark Haslett/KETR)

“Anglers and boaters leaving or approaching public water will be required to take all reasonable steps to drain all water from their vessel, including live wells, bilges, motors, and any other receptacles or water intake systems that resulted from contact with public water,” according to a departmental release.

StateImpact Texas put together a map of North Texas lakes affected by zebra mussels.

The new rules apply to public waters in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Jack, Kaufman, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Stephens, Tarrant, Wise, and Young counties.