Holiday boating over Fourth of July weekend in Texas will include more regulations meant to stop the spread of invasive zebra mussels.
A state commission has made permanent requirements for boaters to clean, dry and drain their watercraft before and after entering lakes and streams in 17 North Texas counties.
A pesky problem is spreading into more Texas lakes. Invasive zebra mussels first showed up in 2009 at Lake Texoma. Now, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department confirm they have spread to Belton Lake.
Zebra mussel warning signs are part of an awareness campaign wildlife officials are waging to halt the migration of the pesky non-native shellfish that have spread this summer to more North Texas waters.
It’s been exactly one week since the United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed that zebra mussels had invaded Lake Lewisville. Today mussel larvae were confirmed in Lake Bridgeport.
It’s been less than a year that zebra mussels were discovered in Lake Ray Roberts. Today the United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed the destructive mollusks have been found in Lewisville Lake.
1.6 million people will have to brace themselves for June 1st when cities from McKinney to Mesquite to Royce City will go to Stage-3 water restrictions which means just once a week for sprinkler’ed lawns.
The threat of zebra mussels is so serious that the state has re-launched a campaign to get boaters to take extra steps to prevent the spread of the invasive water species.
Deer hunting in Dallas County could soon become a reality. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is taking comments on that proposal online and in meetings across the state.
Hot weather means extra water conservation restrictions are kicking in across much of North Texas. The area served by the North Texas Municipal Water District has been in stage 1 restrictions since April.
They’re tiny aquatic life forms that stick to any smooth surface, and they can gum up boat engines or even huge motors at municipal water pumping stations. They’re Zebra Mussels, and while state officials originally worried they’d jump to Lake Lavon, Dallas city officials confirm at least one has found its way to Lake Ray Hubbard.