LAKE MEREDITH, TX (KFDA) - Lake Meredith officials are employing a team of mussel-detection dogs to protect the environment and safety of those enjoying the lake.
The dogs will inspect the grounds and boats entering the water for invasive Eurasian mussels to ensure adherence to the State of Texas’s “Clean, Drain and Dry” program.
According to the National Park Service, the mussels clog boats engines, displace native species and create hazards for those walking along the shore.
The service said the cost of dealing with invasive mussels can be conservatively estimated in the billions of dollars per year, and is one of the nation’s largest resource management issues.
To make matters more difficult, the mussels themselves are only the size of a fingernail, with microscopic larva.
The park service is reminding boaters to ensure their boats are cleaned, drained and dried after every use to ensure the waters are protected from invasive species.