Texas Parks and Wildlife has confirmed the presence of adult zebra mussels in Richland Chambers Reservoir after receiving an identification report from a couple of young anglers fishing near the dam.
They had identified the zebra mussels based on a warning poster they had seen advising boaters to clean, drain and dry.
“At this time it appears to be a pretty low density of zebra mussels and all of the specimens were of similar size, so at this time we cannot say there is a reproducing population in Richland Chambers Reservoir,” said Brian Van Zee, Inland Fisheries Regional Director. “That is why the lake is classified as positive rather than infested, but we do plan to continue to monitor for reproduction.”
In Texas, it is unlawful to possess or transport zebra mussels dead or alive.
Boaters are required to drain all water from their boat and onboard receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of fresh water in order to prevent the transfer of zebra mussels.