Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Agency warns NM boaters about invasive mussels

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
equipment.

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
and hulls.

They then can be transported and spread to other water
bodies.

Infestations can lead to potential boating closures in affected
waterways.

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.

 

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