ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says
boaters need to take precautions to ensure they don’t transport
invasive mussels from neighboring states into New Mexico.
Zebra and quagga mussels can cause significant damage to aquatic
ecosystems, water system facilities and aquatic recreational
Mussels are prolific breeders and attach themselves to surfaces
such as dams, boats and aquatic plants.
Mature mussels can attach to watercraft or trailers and mussel
larvae can live in water left in boat engines, bilges, live wells
They then can be transported and spread to other water
Infestations can lead to potential boating closures in affected
The spread of the mussels also could leave millions of dollars
in damage to water storage and delivery facilities.
The bureau is testing its reservoirs monthly.