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Utah Declares War on Quagga Mussel

Published on March 12, 2014 at 11:06AM

The Utah House approved a measure Tuesday that declares war against the quagga mussel. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the measure allows Utah wildlife officials to create inspection stations to stop and inspect boats to look for the species. People hauling boats could face a Class B misdemeanor for failing to stop. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area officials recently announced that “thousands” of adult quagga mussels have been found from Glen Canyon Dam to Bullfrog Bay.

The mussels can cause severe damage to fisheries, aquatic life, tourism and water structures such as dams and docks. State officials estimate an infestation in Utah would cost more than $15 million annually.