Invasive Mussels Prompt Boat Inspections at Local Lakes - New York News

Invasive Mussels Prompt Boat Inspections at Local Lakes

Posted: Updated:
California State Parks California State Parks

VENTURA (FOX 11 / AP) - Officials are stepping up monitoring efforts to prevent an invasive mussel found in Ventura County's Lake Piru from spreading to other Southern California lakes.

The Ventura County Star reports that recreational boaters can no longer move easily from Lake Piru to nearby Castaic and Pyramid lakes and must now face inspection.

Two other area lakes have implemented temporary quarantines for boats seeking to enter the water.

Water agencies in California have worked to fight off the quagga mussel, a prolific breeder that can clog pipes and machinery.

Lake Piru provides irrigation to major county farms and drinking water to parts of Oxnard.

Eloise Tavares, an environmental scientist with the state Fish and Wildlife Department, says it's not clear how the lake became infested.

On Dec. 18, Lake Piru Recreation Area staff first reported the discovery of potential quagga mussels found in the lake.

The quagga mussels range from one half to three quarter inches and can multiply quickly. These mussels can be spread from one body of water to another attached to nearly anything that has been in an infested body of water from boat engines to buckets, according to a Fish and Wildlife statement.

People who launch vessels at any body of water are subject to watercraft inspections and are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their motorized and non-motorized boats, and any equipment that comes into contact with the water before and after use.

For more information on the quagga mussel or the quarantine, visit the California Fish and Wildlife website.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday Night Live: July 25, 2014

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:31:59 GMT
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
    This is Fox 5's Friday Night Live, a weekly celebration of the end of the work week. All summer long, the Fox 5 team brings you the latest in entertainment, nightlife, food, and music in our area. In this jam-packed episode: QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Michael Chernow and Chef Daniel Holzman of the Meatball Shop.
  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Los Angeles & SoCal NewsLos Angeles & SoCal NewsMore>>

  • Golfers Save Dog's Life At Griffith Park

    Golfers Save Dog's Life At Griffith Park

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:31 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:31:51 GMT
    "We heard this blood curling scream' says Richard Davis, who was golfing at a Griffith park golf course. He turned to see a coyote with a small black animal in his muzzle, shaking it. "Oh my God", you can hear him saying on the phone video he started recording.
    "We heard this blood curling scream' says Richard Davis, who was golfing at a Griffith park golf course. He turned to see a coyote with a small black animal in his muzzle, shaking it. "Oh my God", you can hear him saying on the phone video he started recording.
  • LAX-Bound Drivers Brace For Weekend 'Century Crunch' Road Closure

    LAX-Bound Drivers Brace For Weekend 'Century Crunch' Road Closure

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-07-26 04:05:44 GMT
    Transportation officials are warning that a road closure near Los Angeles International Airport will cause heavy traffic and delays this weekend. Starting Friday night, a bridge demolition project will shut down the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards.
    Transportation officials are warning that a road closure near Los Angeles International Airport will cause heavy traffic and delays this weekend. Starting Friday night, a bridge demolition project will shut down the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards.
  • 5 Freeway Shutdown in East LA

    5 Freeway Shutdown in East LA

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:16 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:16:36 GMT
    A sergeant at the sheriff's East Los Angeles Station says the person on an overpass above the Santa Ana (5) Freeway near Olympic Boulevard isapparently suicidal.
    A sergeant at the sheriff's East Los Angeles Station says the person on an overpass above the Santa Ana (5) Freeway near Olympic Boulevard is apparently suicidal.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices