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New Regulations To Protect Lakes from Zebra Mussels

Updated: Monday, June 30 2014, 04:00 AM CDT

Beneath the waters of several Texas lakes hides an invasive species known as the Zebra Mussel. 

“I heard about that in the past and I read an article maybe a few years ago and it sounds pretty scary," boater Steve Murphy said. 

Starting Tuesday new regulations go into effect to help stop the spread of Zebra Mussels which were first spotted in some Texas lakes in 2009.

Boaters will be required to drain their boats and on board receptacles of all water before putting the boat into any fresh water, like lakes and rivers.

“With our boat it’s not a problem at all to just release the plug, we are going to do it anyway to clean the boat and wash everything out,” boater Troy Stracener said. 

It's a regulation every boater we spoke with fully supports.

“It sounds like a good regulation I mean I think if people aren’t doing that then they probably should,” Murphy said.

Wildlife officials say if people don't follow these regulations zebra mussels will destroy Texas lakes making it impossible to use the lakes for boating.

“You got a beautiful lake and you have to preserve what you got so that could be a huge problem,” Stracener said.

Violating the new regulations is a misdemeanor and comes with fines of up to $500.

New Regulations To Protect Lakes from Zebra Mussels

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