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Arizona warns boaters about invasive mussels

PAGE, Ariz. — The Arizona Game and Fish Department is reminding boaters to clean, drain and dry their crafts to prevent the spread of invasive mussels.

The warning comes after 14 adult quagga mussels were found last month at Lake Powell, which straddles the Arizona-Utah border.

The mussels have multiplied quickly in other waterways across the West, clogging pipes and water intakes, and depleting food sources used by aquatic creatures.

Officers with the National Park Service found the mussels attached to moored vessels and docks at the Wahweap Marina. They say the mussels were too far apart to mate.

Tom McMahon of the Game and Fish Department says the recent discovery isn’t enough to suggest an established reproducing population of mussels.

Still, the Park Service dive team is continuing to check boats, docks and cables and biologists are gathering more information.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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