The Missouri Department of Conservation wants to help you to discover nature and learn more about invasive zebra mussels.
This thumbnail-sized mussel from Eurasia can now be found at lakes and streams in 22 Missouri counties.
Zebra mussels are highly destructive.
They alter the ecology of waters they infest by competing with native fish and other animals for food, clog water intakes and cause millions of dollars of damage to boats, docks and other property.
Boaters are in the best position to help prevent the spread of zebra mussels.
If you own a boat or other type of personal watercraft, is to make sure that before you move it to a different body of water, when you are done on the lake or river for the day, that you go through some steps to decontaminate it.
Clean—make sure there is no mud or vegetation attached to your boat or trailer.
Drain—eliminate all water, including live wells, bilge and engine cooling water.
Dry the boat; let it sit out in the hot sun for a few days.
Don't move a mussel...clean your boat and gear thoroughly between trips.