Pesky zebra mussels in Lake Texoma

DALLAS (AP) - Pesky zebra mussels have been confirmed at Lake Texoma and experts want to make sure water supplies are protected.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the North Texas Municipal Water District are monitoring the spread of zebra mussels.

Zebra mussels, with razor-sharp edges, can clog water pipes, eat the food supply of fish, attach to boats and be an unwelcome carpet at beaches.

TPWD, in a news release this week, confirmed the invasive bivalves have spread from Lake Texoma, which is shared by Texas and Oklahoma, into the headwaters of Lake Lavon.

State biologists have placed testing devices in Lake Lavon to check for zebra mussels, known for their striped, yellow-brown shells. Personnel on Monday plan to take water samples to check for microscopic larvae.


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Information from: The Dallas Morning News,

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 at 04:08 PM
    OMG! I thought those great and wonderful folks at Highport were finding and destroying all the zebra mussels! What happened cant you do everything? They are so perfect up there
  • by Dakota Location: Platter on Aug 20, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    Mork, you're funny! Z, I ain't tellin but we gotta DRINK that water....and Well, there isn't a predator that kills them which is why this is such a bad problem. They cut people's feet on the beaches as the edges are razor sharp.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Well on the bright side, once Lavon gets it, there goes Lake Ray Hubbard.
  • by Homer Location: S-Town on Aug 20, 2009 at 12:40 PM
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    Wasn't this story covered a couple of months ago? Good one, Mork! LOL
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    Maybe we can get a government bailout. Ok everyone - flex your mussels!
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    Just dump plenty of poison in the lake and kill them all. Shut up environmentalists--I didn't ask you!!!
  • by Well...... on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    Find out what kind of predator particularly enjoys eating zebra mussels, then dump them in the lake and see what happens. The lake is gross anyway.
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