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Boats at Lake Waco to be Checked for Zebra Mussels

Monday, Mar 11, 2013  |  Updated 10:31 AM CDT
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Preventing a Zebra Mussel Invasion

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Hundreds of zebra mussels can catch a ride on any part of your boat left in the water.

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Preventing a Zebra Mussel Invasion

The state is taking preventative measures to ensure zebra mussels are not transferred by boaters from lake to lake. The clean, drain and dry rule goes into effect this Thursday.
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Boats at a Central Texas lake will be checked for invasive zebra mussels as another community tries to stop the spread of the devastating creatures.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports city workers on Memorial Day will begin inspections at Lake Waco to make sure boats aren't infested.

Waco will work with the Army Corps of Engineers to educate operators about cleaning and emptying boats that have been hauled from one lake to another.

Workers will be on the lookout for boats that have visited zebra mussel-infested lakes in the Great Lakes, Oklahoma and Texas, including Lake Texoma and Lake Ray Roberts.

Waco city water quality manager Tom Conry says zebra mussels breed so prolifically that they can quickly clog water intakes.

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