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NW seeking fed help with mussel scourge

BOISE — A power planning group from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington is pursuing $2 million in federal aid to fend off the menace of invasive mussels that have clogged Colorado River reservoirs since 2007.

These states and others are frustrated that numerous boats continue to leave Lake Mead on trailers contaminated with quagga and zebra mussels that, once they take root, can clog pipelines, cling to docks and result in millions of dollars’ worth of damage.

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council meets today in Boise to discuss boosting inspection and decontamination.

In Idaho, whose lakes and rivers are vital to the economy, inspections began in 2009.

That year, three boats coming across the border were caught with mussels.

That’s jumped to 47 intercepted at 15 inspection stations already this year.

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