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TPWD urges Texans to clean, drain and dry boats

Friday, May 28, 2021 by Tai Moses

On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, more people are dusting off their boats and boards and making plans to get out on the water. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is taking this opportunity to urge boaters and paddlers “to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species, such as giant salvinia and zebra mussels, threatening Texas lakes.” Brian Van Zee of TPWD said, “While we want everyone to have a great time, we also want them to avoid giving free rides to invasive species and helping them travel to new lakes. The best way to prevent the spread of destructive invasive species is to clean, drain and dry your boats and equipment – every time.” Giant salvinia is an invasive, free-floating aquatic fern that is one of the major threats to Texas lakes. It produces thick mats that can interfere with fishing, boating and swimming. And at least 31 Texas lakes are already infested with zebra mussels. “Once they’ve been introduced and become established in a lake, nothing can be done to control or eradicate them.” Watch this short video that shows how to properly clean, drain and dry boats and other equipment to protect lakes and waterways from invasive species.

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