Flex your mussels

Vernon Morningstar – April 8, 2014

Okanagan residents are increasingly concerned about being invaded, but the Great Lakes basin has experienced the nightmare for years.

Zebra mussels are native to eastern Europe, but in 1988 they arrived in the Great Lakes in the ballast of freighters. Since then, they have spread like wildfire.

“The annual cost of keeping water intake systems free of the mussels is about $250 million in the Great Lakes region, according to the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute,” states an April 5 Associated Press report in the Fond du Lac Reporter.

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