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Published on May 20, 2014
A new Texas rule, just passed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, expands boat draining rules from 47 counties to statewide. The rule will go into effect in July and requires boats and other vessels operating on all public lakes, rivers and creeks to be completely drained to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are a destructive invasive species that can damage motor boats, hurt aquatic life, hinder water recreation and even affect our water supply by clogging water intake systems. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. The new statewide rule applies to all types and sizes of boats whether powered or not, It includes personal watercraft, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, or any other vessel used on public waters. For more information on Zebra Mussels or other invasive species, go www.texasinvasives.org/zebramussels