Tiny mussel larvae in Colorado’s Green Mountain Reservoir has water managers concerned that the invasive species will impact not only water-based recreation, but also drinking water, statewide.
As The Denver Post reports, after scientists determined the presence of dangerous mussel larvae in the Green Mountain Reservoir, the state bumped up its war against a worst-case scenario that threatens fisheries, power generation, water quality, water distribution, access and recreation across the state.
Brad Wind, deputy manager at Northern Water said it’s arguable that each and every person in Colorado could be impacted if an infestation occurs.
An infestation can spread rapidly and blanket lake beds and infrastructure. It can spread to other lakes, too.
Mike Preston of the Dolores Water Conservancy District said if a lake gets infected with mussels, they will eventually coat grates and pipes and clog up delivery facilities.
“So yes this prevention work is costly and there are restrictions, but if you lose the battle, it becomes exponentially more costly and exponentially more restrictive,” Preston said.