BROWNWOOD, TX – Invasive zebra mussels have been found in Lake Brownwood according to reports.
In April, it was reported that zebra mussel larvae had been discovered in the lake but Wednesday a local boat owner found two on his boat.
The boat they were found on was only in Lake Brownwood and has been since November of last year and was only taken out of the lake this past Friday.
The General Manager of Brown County Water Improvement District 1 said, “Yesterday afternoon we were informed by a local boat owner that he had found what he thought were zebra mussels on his boat. We actually went and collected the samples that he had found and actually there were two, just two individual zebra mussels. I did confirm through Inland Fisheries, through pictures of them, that yes, they are zebra mussels.”
Zebra Mussels are a non-native, highly invasive species that cause damage to boats and infrastructure for water supply. They are also very sharp and can cut humans who step on them as they cover shores and other surfaces underwater.
Allen also said that fishing and other activities at Lake Brownwood should not be affected this year.
“We would just like everybody to be on the alert. Please check your boats. When you get your boat out, if you do find zebra mussels on there, please contact Brown County Water Improvement District ( 325-643-2609) or our Lake Patrol division at the lake (325-646-2525) or the game wardens locally,” Allen said.