Before you put your boat, canoe or kayak in the water, stop for an inspection for “foreigners hitch-hikers.””
Over the Labor Day weekend a lot of foreign plants, insects and animals, especially those who hang around the bottoms of lakes, will try to hitch a ride from one area of the country to another. Oregon State Police and other officials don’t want to give any of these “invasive species” a toe hold in Oregon. OSP and others are giving everyone a shout-out to get your boat inspected for any opportunistic hitch-hikers that could turn parts of our state forests and waterways into an ecological mess.
The Zebra Mussels pictured above are especially damaging to any water environment they fall in to. They’re especially hazardous in the Great Lakes. These little mussels filter a lot of lake water every day, up to a quart of water per mussel. In so doing, they strip the water of practically everything that’s in it, including smaller critters plant particles that provide food for fish and other aquatic life.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.