Credit: THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN: http://www.chieftain.com/metro/1208066400/19
The pests filter out nutrients other aquatic wildlife need.
An open Webcast is planned this week to give fishermen, boaters and other members of the public information on the threat of zebra mussels at Lake Pueblo and other lakes in the state.
The forum will be broadcast live at the Colorado Fish Explorer Web site at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will feature representatives from Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Zebra mussel breeding at Lake Pueblo was confirmed in January after zebra mussel shells were found in the reservoir in November.
While there was no evidence the mussels have established colonies in the lake yet, the pattern at every other location where they have been found in the United States suggests they will spread rapidly in the next few years.
Imported from the Caspian Sea to the Great Lakes region in 1988, zebra mussels pose a hazard both to native wildlife, by filtering out nutrients, and to water intake structures, by forming huge colonies. While they can be killed with chlorine, treatment in large lakes has been ineffective.
The state is already spending $1 million to educate boaters and keep mussels from spreading to other lakes. Sen. Jim Isgar, D-Hesperus, plans to introduce legislation this week to spend $11.5 in control measures in the coming fiscal year.
No special software is required to participate in the Web cast.
For information, call Brad Henley at 719-561-9320, ext. 12.