Don’t move a mussel

by Michelle Nijhuis

Whether you raft, kayak, fish or swim in Western waters, you can make sure quagga mussels — and other aquatic invasives — don’t travel with you. Here’s how.

Before leaving any body of water:

Before launching into new waters, allow equipment to dry. Five days of drying is ideal.


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Wish You Weren’t Here

Quagga mussels – an extraordinarily prolific and costly invasive species – have appeared in Lake Mead, and no one is sure how to keep these unwanted newcomers from infesting the West.

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