- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Experts say invasive zebra mussels have been found at Lake Travis in Central Texas.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Tuesday reported biologists on June 22 confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Travis. It’s a nearly 20,000-acre (8093-hectare) reservoir located 20 miles northwest of Austin.

Authorities say zebra mussels were discovered on several boats and on a submerged part of a Lake Travis marina, plus in the water.

Zebra mussels - which can clog water pipes, damage boat motors and affect other aquatic life - were first found in Texas in 2009 at Lake Texoma, spanning Texas and Oklahoma. Nearly a dozen Texas lakes are now infested.

Boaters in Texas are required to drain water from their vessels and onboard receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of fresh water.

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