Zebra Mussels Threaten Central Texas Reservoirs

With the discovery of invasive zebra mussels in Central Texas' Belton Lake, experts are now worried that the destructive bivalve's spread will create long-term logistical and ecological complications for the state's reservoirs and drinking water.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department last week confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Belton Lake, nearly 200 miles south of other lakes known to contain the species. Zebra mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009, but the Belton Lake discovery marks the first confirmation of the species in the Brazos River basin. Unlike most native mussel populations, zebra mussels can attach ...

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