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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