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TWRA asking boaters to help stop spread of mussel

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking boaters in East Tennessee to help stop the spread of a destructive mussel species after it was found in Cherokee Lake.

The Kingsport Times-News ( reports an angler reported finding what appeared to be zebra mussels near a TWRA boat ramp in November. The agency investigated, confirmed the finding and verified the existence of more mussels in the lake.

The newspaper reports the non-native mussels reproduce quickly and can have negative impacts on Tennessee reservoirs.

The mussels also have been found in nearby Norris Lake.

TWRA is posting signs at both waterways to educate boaters on what to do to stop the spread of the mussel. Recommendations include cleaning, draining and drying boats before traveling from one lake to another.

Information from: Kingsport Times-News,

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