This year over 47,000 water crafts were inspected for invasive mussels by the Idaho Department of Agriculture. 24 of those inspections found the highly invasive mussels being transported into or through the state.
The contaminated vessels originated from federal waters in Nevada and Arizona.
“The Lower Colorado River system is known to be heavily infested with quagga mussels, and we know that many Pacific Northwest boats spend extended periods of time there,” said department director, Celia Gould. He continued, “Given the proximity to Idaho, boats that have been in those waters are considered extremely high risk.”
The mussel has yet to be found in Idaho’s waters and they hope the inspection program keeps that statistic at zero.