Invasive mussel found in Utah lake |

Invasive mussel found in Utah lake

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

SALT LAKE CITY ” Zebra mussels have arrived in Utah.

State wildlife officials say Electric Lake is Utah’s first body of water where the damaging, nonnative mussels have been confirmed.

Zebra and quagga mussels were inadvertently introduced into the Great Lakes about 20 years ago. They reproduce and spread rapidly, threaten food sources for fish and can clog machinery and water pipes.

The mussels often move between water bodies by hitching a ride on boats. They’re difficult to remove from boats and, once established in a lake or reservoir, nearly impossible to eradicate.

Electric Lake is a small, high-mountain lake in Emery County. It’s the headwaters for the Huntington River and the main water source for Rocky Mountain Power’s Huntington generation plant.

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