January 27, 2008--Mussels might be moving west (Colorado Springs Gazette)

A foreign invader that’s made its way into Colorado for the first time has raised concerns for water supplies in the Pikes Peak region, and officials worry the scourge is heading west. The Colorado Division of Wildlife said Jan. 17 that zebra mussels had been found in Lake Pueblo State Park. Officials here now worry this tiny scourge is moving west. Other than one spot in California, this is the farthest west they have been discovered. With the mussels widespread in the Midwest, it may have only been a matter of time before they showed up here. Officials say they probably hitched a ride from someone who boated in mussel-infested waters. “It’s always a possibility, when you have people who are boating and waters that are infested with it,” said Peter Soeth, spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the reservoir. But, he said, “You are always holding out hope it won’t happen.”

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