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Feb. 28, 2019

TPWD Continues the Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species Statewide

AUSTIN – In 2017, the 85th Texas Legislature provided $6.3 million to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for aquatic invasive species management in 2018-2019. With this and previous investments, the department has continued to expand prevention and control efforts against aquatic invasive species like giant salvinia, zebra mussels, giant cane and many others that cause environmental and economic harm to Texas.

In cooperation with universities, river authorities, municipal water districts, non-profits, local, state and federal agencies, and other partners, during this time TPWD has delivered more than 60 aquatic invasive species management projects statewide, including these examples:

Details about this work, including photos and story profiles showcasing various projects, are on the department’s aquatic invasive species management website.

With the summer boating season just ahead, the department and its partners will be calling for boaters help to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species like giant salvinia and zebra mussels that can be spread from lake to lake on boats and trailers. Given boats are the primary way these invasive species are spread, boaters need to “Clean, Drain and Dry” their boats, trailers, and gear every time they travel from one waterbody to another. Boats stored in the water on lakes with zebra mussels pose the highest risk for moving zebra mussels and must be properly decontaminated before they’re moved—email for more information. An online video demonstrates the simple steps to properly clean, drain and dry a boat.


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