Keeping Wyoming Waters Zebra-Free

The Wyoming Legislature allocated $2.5 million to Game and Fish this session to keep zebra mussels out of Wyoming's waters. However, this is just the beginning of a process of figuring out a long-term solution to keep Wyoming waters zebra-free.

Today, a summit about aquatic invasive species is being held in Casper, in order to address this issue.

Sheridan Senator Bruce Burns is the Chairman of the committee that sponsored the bill on zebra mussels. He says of the recently-passed legislation

These relatively small aquatic creatures, which are actually classified as clams, not mussels, are about the size of a fingernail and are believed to originally be from the Black Sea region of western Asia. As an invasive species to North America, they have no natural predators and so have rapidly proliferated throughout America's waters, causing extensive damage to water infrastructure and ecosystems.

Currently, the Federal Government is not directly involved with Wyoming's efforts to keep out zebra mussels

Zebra mussels have not been sited in Wyoming, but have been found in the surrounding states of Colorado, Utah, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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