Texas Parks and Wildlife distributes a brochure about zebra mussels which says, “Hello Zebra Mussels; Goodbye Texas Lakes.”

They have been confirmed in Lake Texoma, Lake Bridgeport, Lake Lewisville, streams feeding into Lake Lavon, and experts fear they can spread throughout the Red and Trinity River system, throughout Texas and travel the river systems to the Gulf of Mexico.

Public meetings have recently been held to comment on the recent TPWD proposed rules requiring all boats operating on public water in 17 northeast Texas counties, including Jack, be drained after use. The decision will be made Nov. 7.

There are consequences for those transporting zebra mussels. According to TP&W, possession or transportation in Texas is a Class C misdemeanor for the first offense, punishable with a fine of up to $500. A second offense is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of up to $2,000, a jail sentence of up to 180 days or both.

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