KANSAS CITY, Kan. - State wildlife officials have found invasive zebra mussels in an eastern Kansas lake. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says a recent survey found both larval and adult zebra mussels at the 407-acre Wyandotte County Lake. The agency says there are now 17 Kansas reservoirs and lakes infested with the aquatic nuisances.
Zebra mussels are bean-sized mollusks with striped shells that have been spread around the world via cargo ships. In Kansas, the communities of Council Grove and Osage City have both had water shortages because of zebra mussel infestations. The department says new regulations aimed at stopping the spread of aquatic nuisance species include draining boat bilges before transporting them from any Kansas water on a public highway.