State officials concerned about the migration of zebra mussels to North Texas have proposed requiring all boats operating on public water in 17 counties to be drained after each use.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife is seeking public comment on the restrictions proposed this week by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The proposal would extend beyond lakes where mussels have been found so far.
The prolifically breeding mussels were found in Texas in 2009 at Lake Texoma. Since then, mussels or their larvae have spread to three other Texas lakes.
The proposal would require draining live wells, bilges, motors and any receptacle or water intake system coming into contact with public waters.
The public may comment online, by mail or at three hearings next month.