Invasive Quagga Mussel veligers found at Deer Creek Reservoir

January 15, 2015 6:21 PM

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In Oct., 2014, a Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) water quality sampling crew found five quagga mussel veligers in collected water samples across Deer Creek Reservoir. The DWR requested that the samples be genetically analyzed to learn whether they were in fact quagga mussels. Through DNA testing, both the BOR lab and Pisces Molecular, a private third party, confirmed that the veligers were quagga mussels.

For the past couple of years the Department of Wildlife has been working tirelessly in what many see as an impossible mission to keep the invasive quagga mussel out of Utah’s waterways. They regularly take water samples from reservoirs to test for quagga mussels and scuba dive to look for them if th...

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