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By Andi Bourne

Discussions Begins for Local Zebra Mussel Response


Colleen Kesterson, Pathfinder

A pipe clogged with Quagga mussels during an 18-month time period. These mussels were found in Lake Mead in Nevada. Quagga mussels are slightly larger than zebra mussels, are also invasive and both cause the same negative impacts in water bodies.

SEELEY LAKE – Agency representatives, non-government organizations and concerned citizens met Jan. 4 to discuss a strategy for local lakes in response to the discovery of invasive mussel veligers (larvae) in Montana's Tiber Reservoir.

Everyone at the meeting agreed that all boats should be inspected prior to launching in local waters and ballasted boats should be decontaminated before launching. Ideas of how to implement and enforce this were also discussed. It is Clearwater Resource Council (CRC) Aquatics Program Director Joann Wallenburn's hope to develop a customized, community respon...

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