All eyes are on Truman Lake which drains into Lake of the Ozarks after a recent report saying Zebra mussels are now present in all arms of Truman. Mike Bayless is a fisheries management biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation and he says it was just a matter of time before a widespread infestation of the invasive species.
Zebra mussels have been blamed, on a national basis, for billions of dollars worth of damage to infrastructure and recreational boating. The tiny mussels rapidly produce and cluster together attaching mainly to boats and docks while, at the same time, filtering nutrients needed for other species in our waterways. The best way to prevent zebra mussels from spreading, according to Bayless, is for boat owners to clean, drain and dry their boats before moving them from one body of water to another.