nvasive Mussels Found On 8 Boats This Summer
Colo. Inspectors Checked 200,000 Boats
Deb Stanley, 7NEWS Producer
POSTED: 6:53 am MDT October 6, 2010
UPDATED: 7:24 am MDT October 6, 2010
PUEBLO, Colo. -- Inspectors looking for zebra and quagga mussels checked more than 200,000 boats in Colorado this year and found mussels on eight of them.
All eight boats found with mussels came from other states. No mussels were founds on Colorado boats, officials said.
Boats with standing water were decontaminated to ensure there were no mussels that could get into Colorado waters.
The mussels can clog water treatment plants and damage ecosystems. They're not native to this country and don't have natural enemies to keep them in check.
The mussels were first found in Colorado in 2007 in Lake Pueblo. Parks officials told The Pueblo Chieftain that more people are showing up at lakes with their boats cleaned, drained and dry.