Zebra Mussels

Texas Environment
2:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Boat draining now mandatory at all Texas lakes

Texas Parks and Wildlife's Todd Robinson holds a rock covered with zebra mussels in Lake Texoma, Texas. The mollusk can stick to nearly anything, posing problems for power plants and fishing boats.
Credit StateImpact Texas

Draining boats after use on Texas lakes is more than just a good idea – effective today, it’s state law.

The new regulation is part of Texas’ ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive creatures have been slowed, but not stopped, in their progress into Texas waters.

Zebra mussels entered the United States through the Great Lakes in 1988. They have been spreading across the continent mainly though the transfer of waters containing developing mussels, which are invisible to the naked eye. The mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009.

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Texas Environment
5:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Invasive zebra mussels may have finally met their match

Daniel Molloy, a research scientist at the State University of New York at Albany, may have found a solution to the zebra mussels problem.
NPR

At first glance, zebra mussels appear harmless, perhaps even cute. But the tiny creatures are anything but cute for Texas lakes, according to State Impact.

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

New boating rules to combat zebra mussel spread

Lake Texoma, Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lewisville have been infested by the mussels.
http://stateimpact.npr.org/

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

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

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Texas Water
2:52 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Lake Fork role in Dallas water plans to increase

Lake Fork, at center, is about 90 miles east of Dallas.
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Lake Fork, which sits about 90 miles east of Dallas, will play an increasing role in meeting the water needs of the city and its thirsty, rapidly growing suburbs.

A report in the Nov. 19 Rains County Leader details the short-term and long-term plans to use Lake Fork water in the metro Dallas area, which were discussed at a meeting Of the lake Fork Sportsman Association on Nov. 12 in Emory.

20K acre-feet withdrawal pending pump completion

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Lake Texoma
9:10 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Bill Approved to Combat Lake Texoma's Zebra Mussels

District 4 US Rep. Ralph Hall (R - Rockwall)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The bill, passed by Congress Monday, was sponsored by U.S. Representative Ralph Hall of Texas.

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Lake Texoma
11:15 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Why you should be vigilant of Zebra Mussels

Zebra Mussels
Howard Roark Flickr

GRAYSON COUNTY - Zebra mussels were first found in the United States in the mid 1980s. It was only three years ago that scientists discovered the invasive species had spread to Lake Texoma, which sits on the Red River between Oklahoma and Texas.

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