- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An inspection station in southern Oregon has found zebra mussels on a boat from Texas being hauled to Auburn, Washington.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Monday the discovery at an inspection station on Interstate 5 in Ashland was the ninth boat carrying the invasive species to be detected this season out of 5,000 inspections.

Invasive mussels have caused billions in ecosystem and economic damage throughout the U.S.

The Pacific Northwest remains one of the few places on the continent still unaffected by the mussel invasion, and Oregon has been trying to keep them out by inspecting boats coming into the state.

Zebra mussels can plug water intakes, and suck out of the water plankton that’s needed to sustain fish.

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