Do you know why zebra mussels are a menace to lakes today? Invasive species are any species that have been introduced to an environment where it is not native, and that has since become a nuisance through rapid spread and increase in numbers, often to the detriment of native species. There are many invasive species but one of the most annoying of them all would have to be the Zebra mussel. Zebra mussels are sessile bivalve mollusk. They are usually a brownish-Yellowish color. They usually attach to hard surfaces like rocks or the bottom of boats and that’s how they can get from place to place.
Zebra mussels have been found inside of these states boundaries Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Today the zebra mussels still invade on many lakes and some of the biggest of those lakes in the United States would be The Great Lakes. Zebra mussels came from the St. Lawrence River and traveled underneath the boats and then they go down to the lakes bottom.
Many States including Washington have been starting to crack down on these invaders! They have been starting to make sure that when boats come back out of the docks that they check the bottom of their boats and make sure that there are no zebra mussels there. Then they cannot spread to other lakes that those boats will go on. Zebra muscles have infested the great lakes and they have affected them a lot. They invade the bottom of the lakes and when tourists or residents go to swim they step on these hard shells and possibly could slice there shell open.
The United States are trying to stop these small creatures from destroying more and more lakes. People are now tracing the new sightings if the zebra muscles each year to predict where they are and to stop them from invading. First they will record all of the sightings and then they will mark each one on a map and then they draw a line to each of the sightings. When finished the marked area will show all of the data. Then they compare it to recent mapping labs and they predict where they will be next month and try and stop them from invading other lakes.
Zebra muscles have cost the united states a lot of money from 1996 to 1991 as the cost of fighting of all of these invasive species including the zebra mussels as the to invader to be 96 billion dollars. I think that these zebra muscles need to go because if I had a cabin on a lake I would hate for it to be destroyed and invaded by zebra muscles.
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