Waco, TX — This Memorial Day weekend, the city of Waco with the help of Texas Parks and Wildlife will be launching this summer’s boat inspection program. Eight newly-hired will be checking boats in an effort to keep the Zebra Mussel out of Lake Waco.
The invasive species has taken over the Great Lakes and has begun spreading south since.
The mussel can attach to water pipes and filters causing headaches for local municipalities. It is nearly impossible to rid yourself of them once you have them.
Two lakes in the Dallas area have already been spotted. The summer inspectors will be making sure boaters do not transport the nuisance.
“It’s a huge problem," said John Tibbs of Texas Parks and Wildlife. "It can costs millions and millions of dollars, and in the course of them infesting a lake, they can cost billions. Just ask north Texas.”
The two lakes in Texas locals need to be aware of are Ray Roberts and Texoma.
Double check your boat if you have been to either of them recently.