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DENTON — Every two months, Christopher Churchill, a U.S. Geological Survey biologist, scuba dives in Ray Roberts Lake, northwest of Dallas, to monitor the growth rates of zebra mussels, which have wreaked havoc on several Texas lakes and rivers.
“A year ago, it was hard to find just one zebra mussel,” Churchill said. “They’re everywhere now.”
Churchill’s assignment follows the 2009 discovery of the non-native zebra mussels in North ...