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March 21, 2013
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State beefs up invasive mussel battle

The battle to block the spread of the quagga mussel in Nevada’s lakes and rivers will cost about $1 million a year, according to the state wildlife officials. The mussel, native to the Dnieper River in the Ukraine, has become so pervasive in Lake Mead that the state had to shut down the fishery there. The thumbnail-sized mussel causes major damage to pumps, intakes and other structures, reduces water quality in general and can deplete oxygen in the water. Nevada Department of Wildlife Deputy Director Patrick Cates said there are a number of aquatic invasive species the department is worried …

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