Quagga mussel

Chris and Nell provide an update on wildfires occurring around the state; where, how large and percent containment.  They also talk about the inspections of watercraft being performed by state wildlife resource officials to control the spread of quagga mussels.

Quagga mussels are invasive shellfish that arrived in Utah in the boats of privately-owned watercraft trailered here from the Great Lakes.  When left unchecked, they clog pipes and inlets to boats, pipelines and other lake infrastructure.  They also cause great damage to native aquatic ecosystems.  Sgt. Krystal Tucker with the Dept.

Quagga Mussels: Most Invasive Outbreak In History

Aug 21, 2018
Utah DNR

The Utah Department of Natural Resources has issued a notice letting boaters know of the increasing threat from the invasive Quagga Mussels. The State has increased inspections on Boats coming out of Lake Powell but during second inspections at Jordanelle and Deer Creek Reservoirs, they’ve discovered contaminated boats. Carolyn Murray has this:

Quagga Mussels attach to hulls, anchors and ropes but they also invade the boat’s engine systems. They cost millions of dollars to contain, they damage boats and equipment and they pollute beaches and shorelines.

Quagga Mussels Cleared From Deer Creek Reservoir

Jan 11, 2018
Utah State Park

After a three-year effort on the part of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Quagga mussels are no longer found in Deer Creek reservoir.  This means vessels coming off of the reservoir no longer have to be inspected, drained and decontaminated. Carolyn Murray has this report:

Division of Wildlife Resources

The invasive and destructive species called Quagga Mussel has been found in Lake Powell and Deer Creek Reservoirs and Jordanelle State Park representatives want the public's help to keep it from spreading there. Rick Brough has more.

On Today's Local News Hour, Charlie Sturgis has this week's Trails Report. Utah State Court Law Librarian Jessica Van Buren has details about Monday's Court survey. Park City mayor Jack Thomas and City Spokeswoman Phyllis Robinson have updates from  Thursday's City Council meeting and Monday's kick off to the Lower Park Avenue Charette. Aly Thompson is a Quagga Mussel Technician at Jordanelle Reservoir and talks about their efforts to keep the invasive mussels out of the Jordanelle.

Division of Wildlife Resources

Some unwanted aquatic life has been discovered in Deer Creek Reservoir - the Quagga Mussel. For now, State wildlife officials will watch and wait, but they are requiring all boats and personal watercraft entering Deer Creek to be contaminated. Leslie Thatcher has more.