Zebra Mussels Found at Reservoir Near Wichita

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Officials for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks say zebra mussels have been found at the Marion Reservoir.

Marion is the third reservoir near Wichita where zebra mussels have been spotted since 2003.

The Wildlife and Parks aquatic nuisance species coordinator, Jason Goeckler, said only one mussel and some larvae were detected.

Zebra mussels are prolific and have been known to clog intakes at water and power plants. They also out-compete native fish and mussels for food. And their sharp edges are a hazard to swimmers and waders.

Goeckler projects a population explosion and problems in coming years.
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Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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