Colorado Parks & Wildlife Warns of Mussels Increase
There have been a record number of boats infested this summer with invasive mussels.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reported 51 interceptions this summer in several waters across Colorado, so they are anticipating doubling the interceptions of the entire boating season last year.
Most infested boats came from Utah with Lake Powell, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Boyd Lake State Park boat inspectors stopped seven infested boats this year alone, of which six had previously been to Lake Powell.
Three infested boats were stopped from entering Horsetooth and Carter Lake.
In order to decontaminate a lake, the lake would have to be drained for 5 years. So, keeping the lakes from being infested in the first place is the best option. Invasive mussels cause damage to water supply, recreation systems, boats, and other infrastructure.