Drain the pond. It does not belong in the desert.
The article never states why these species are so devastating. I don't know
anything about Quagga or Zebra mussels. Why are people so concerned in Emery
County and elsewhere?
If they couldn't keep it out of lake Powell then how does the state DWR
plan to keep it from spreading throughout Utah reservoirs and lakes? There must
be a micro predator for the mussel's so why can't they introduce them
to lake Powell? If lake Powell is beyond help and so badly
contaminated then its logical and likely that the rest of Utah is also facing
extinction of recreational boating. I wonder how long the lake can keep going
before they have to shut down the power generating turbines in the dams?I think this problem is more wide spread and serious than the state is
reporting and is going into damage control mode as it destroys state waters for
anything a landscape. Its more than likely these mussels have also infected the
Colorado and green rivers to thwart any future use of these rivers for
irrigation or culinary use since it will eventually destroy all pumps and
culinary water supply facilities. It demonstrates that Utah government are not
good care takers of natural resources.The feds may not have a choice
but to drain the lake to keep it from becoming a disaster.
The problem with the mussels is that they will attach to anything -- including
motors and pipes. Here is what the Utah Invasive Species site says about
them:Jeopardize power and water infrastructuresInvasive
mussels reproduce rapidly and coat any stable surface — including water
intake pipes. If these animals establish populations in Utah, our water
transport facilities will deliver less water and require additional maintenance
(increasing your bill). They may also suffer temporary—but
frequent—closures to remove mussels from equipment. Destroy
your favorite recreation areas and equipmentInvasive mussels reproduce so
rapidly that their shells carpet beaches. These shells are sharp, so beachgoers
will have to wear footwear at all times. The decaying mussels release a putrid
smell that clings to the air and water. Finally, the mussels plug water
circulation systems on watercraft, overheating motors that are costly to
repair.Cost billions of dollars to controlIn the United
States, mussels cost the power industry $3.1 billion from 1993–1999, with
an impact on industries, businesses, and communities of more than $5
billion¹. If mussels become established in Utah, they are predicted to cost
the state $15 million per year in increased costs — potentially driving up
I wouldn't be surprised if all the Utah lakes are contaminated. These
things are very costly to the culinary system. They might have to implement that
if you have a boat you can only boat in the same lake to keep contamination
lower. This will hurt boating activities. The happiest day for a boater is when
they buy and then sell their boat.
FT, the pond does belong and helps many people that you've never even met.
@RSLfanalways"..The happiest day for a boater is when they buy
and then sell their boat."Wrong. Our funnest days
all summer are every day we can spend on the water. For the record we have
never missed a day of boating due to problems or repairs. A couple of minor
things ie. fuses but fixed in a matter of minutes.These mussels
don't have any natural predation and nothing seems to stop them. Its
extremely unfortunate.Try and put your boat in Lake Tahoe. $200
cleaning fee to decontaminate your boat to prevent the spread of mussels or you
don't get to put your boat in to use the lake.In hindsight that
is probably the only system that will work. Very expensive obviously and would
have made it cost prohibitive and driven boaters away from use.
I don't know if they are trying to scare us or if the spread of these
mussels is as devastating as they say.