- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) - State environmental officials are urging boaters to properly clean their vessels to ensure that an invasive species recently found in a Vermont lake does not spread to other waterways.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources confirmed this week that the presence of Asian clams was detected in Lake Bomoseen.

Asian clams are dime or nickel-sized filter feeding organisms that deplete resources needed by fish and other native species. They also increase toxic algae blooms and can form dense populations very quickly.

Officials say this is the first time the clams have been identified in Vermont. They have also been found in bodies of water in nearby states.

Because the clams can be spread via small amounts of water or sediment, boaters are advised to drain and thoroughly clean all equipment.

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