More Texoma Counties Must Follow Rules to Prevent Spread of Zebra Mussels

The state of Texas is taking steps to stop the spread of invasive Zebra Mussels and more Texoma counties will be affected starting this weekend.

Zebra Mussels cause big problems by attaching themselves and clogging water intakes, pipes, pumps and other structures in water reservoirs. Biologists believe they are spreading to more and more lakes on boats, and boaters are urged to follow the clean, drain and dry program to prevent the spread to other lakes.

No Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in either Arrowhead or Kickapoo.

Biologists say Arrowhead and Kickapoo are being monitored for mussels, but that the lakes have fallen so low the monitoring devices are out of the water. Officials say with so few boats using the lakes, the chances of mussels being spread are low.

Despite that, starting on Sunday, boaters in Archer, Clay, and Wichita counties will be added to the list of counties where boaters are required to drain all types of water craft and on-board receptacles after taking the boats out of the lakes. That includes all types and sizes of boats, whether powered or not.

Also, live fish can not be transported in water that comes from the lake they were caught in.

The rules are already in effect in Jack, Montague, and Young Counties.

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