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Leggett: Invasive zebra mussels moving into Central Texas

By Mike Leggett - American-Statesman Staff



With the news that zebra mussels have been found recently in Belton Lake reservoir near Temple, Central Texas lakes such as Austin, Canyon and Travis appear to be right in the path of the destructive creatures imported from Asia.

“The environmental conditions, the water chemistry and water temperatures, appear to be conducive to zebra mussels in those lakes,” says Brian Van Zee, Texas Parks and Wildlife’s regional fisheries director in Waco. “And once they’re established, there’s no way of getting them out of a lake.”

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