ATHENS, Texas (AP) - Invasive zebra mussels have turned up at a Central Texas lake as efforts continue to stop their spread.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Thursday announced zebra mussels were discovered Sept. 18 in Belton Lake, 60 miles north of Austin. It's the first time zebra mussels have been documented in the Brazos River basin, nearly 200 miles south of where they were previously found in Texas.
Officials say the creatures were likely introduced to the reservoir in 2012.
They were found in Lake Texoma, bordering Oklahoma, in 2009. Since then mussels or their larvae have spread to several lakes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Boaters are required to clean, dry and drain watercraft after they've been in waters where the mussels or larvae have been found.
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