The dreaded zebra mussel has struck again. Small and highly invasive, sharp-shelled and sometimes extremely stinky, these bivalve mollusks already infest much of the Highland Lakes chain along the Colorado River in and near Austin. This week brought news that they’ve been discovered farther upstream, in Lake LBJ, which they likely reached by hitching a ride. The mussels can spread downstream on their own but only move upstream by clinging to a boat. Once they reach a body of water, there’s no getting rid of them. Their recent discovery in LBJ, as well as Lake Pflugerville, brings to seventeen the number of Texas lakes and river basins overrun by the exotic species, mostly in the central and northern portions of the state. They’ve additionally been…View Original Post
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