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Boaters are asked to drain all bait buckets, live wells, bilges and any other systems or receptacles that could contain water before leaving the lake. This is to prevent accidental transport of zebra mussel larvae, which are too small to be seen without a microscope. This video demonstrates the "clean, drain, and dry" process.
Zebra mussels are economic and environmental bad news. They clog public-water intake pipes, damage boat hulls, motors and water-cooling systems, and their razor-sharp edges make water recreation hazardous. As filter feeders, they compete with baitfish and affect game fish such as bass, striped bass and catfish. Zebra mussels colonize the shells of native mussel and essentially suffocate them.
Thank you. Your help is crucial to protecting Texas waters
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