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Arizona Game and Fish Department officials have reiterated their plea for all boaters to become quagga aware and to not move a mussel.
Quagga mussels were first detected in Lake Mead on the Colorado River in January of 2007, followed almost immediately with detections in Lake Havasu and Lake Mohave. Officials had detected the microscopic quagga larvae in the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct during the spring and summer of 2007. An adult mussel was discovered in the aqueduct in late August of 2007, and adult quagga mussels were confirmed at Lake Pleasant in December 2007.
More recently, adult quagga mussels were found at the junction where the Central Arizona Project Canal connects to the Salt River Project Canal system.
Game and Fish Department officials are asking all boaters and anglers throughout the state to help fight the continuing spread of these and other invaders by routinely taking simple precautionary steps each time they visit a waterway anywhere in the state.
Before leaving a lake or other waterway, always:
- CLEAN the hull of your boat, remove all plant and animal material.
- DRAIN the water from the boat, livewell and the lower unit.
- DRY the boat, fishing gear, and equipment.
If you are a day user, please wait five days before launching your boat someplace else. This five-day waiting period will aid tremendously in killing those hidden hitchhikers on your boat, such as the microscopic quagga larvae. Also, it is a good idea to wash the hull of your boat with high-pressure water, either at the lake, if washers are available, or after leaving the waterway.
Visiting a self-help car wash that has high-pressure soapy water is an excellent idea either on your way home, or while on the way to the next lake – it can even help keep your boat looking new and remove unwanted aquatic hitchhikers. Or, give your boat a hot soapy bath when you get home.