Zebra Mussels in SW Missouri Lakes
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Wildlife officials are concerned the discovery of zebra mussels in a southwest Missouri lake means the destructive species is spreading. A few zebra mussels have been found in Lake Taneycomo and officials are trying to keep them out of adjoining Table Rock Lake. Zebra mussels filter microscopic animals out of the water, robbing fish and native mussels of food. They have caused billions of dollars in damage to power plants and city water plants in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Boaters can transport the mussels from lake to lake without knowing it as the tiny animals can latch onto their boats' hulls. To keep the animals from spreading, boaters are encouraged to inspect and rinse their boats and equipment and drain water from them.