The state of Colorado has seen a dramatic rise in the number of invasive mussel-infested boats, which some officials say could lead to a shutdown of boating activities in the state’s 38 drinking water reservoirs.
State inspectors with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) have already intercepted 51 infested vessels this year, the same amount for all of 2018, according to TheDenverChannel.com. Colorado reservoirs remain mussel-free at this time, and CPW intends to keep them that way.
“I am just being completely over-run by mussel infested boats,” Robert Walters, CPW assistant manager for the aquatic nuisance species program, said in a news release. “We are having interceptions just about every day at waters throughout the state. And most of the boats are coming out of Lake Powell.” Read on.