Zebra mussels, an aquatic invasive species have been positively identified for the first time in Lake Travis in the Colorado River Basin in Central Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) biologists confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Travis June 22, 2017 after an observant staff member at a local marina reported the sighting of a single zebra mussel attached to the outboard motor of a moored boat on the lake.
On-site, biologists found the mussels attached to other nearby boats and on submerged marina infrastructure. The State of Texas and the LCRA are asking boat owners to take extra precautions to ensure that the Zebra mussels are not inadvertently transported from lake to lake. They suggest strictly adhering to the principle of “cleaning, draining and drying” when removing a boat form a lake, and before transporting it to another. This will help prevent the infestation of Zebra mussels.
Our guest on Shades of Green was Monica McGarrity. She is the Aquatic Invasive Species Team Leader for the State of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. She works to protect the lakes of Texas from invasive species and is specifically addressing the issues associated with Zebra mussels.