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SAN DIEGO -- An invasive mussel has spread to another
reservoir in San Diego County.
Water officials say a "significant population" of the quagga
mussel were found Miramar Reservoir in Scripps Ranch, becoming the
fifth reservoirs in the county infested with the tiny shellfish.
Water officials plan to increase inspections of watercraft used at
Miramar Reservoir. The mollusks often spread by attaching themselves
Ever since the mussels were first detected in the summer,
officials have been worried they could have a foothold in all of the
region's reservoirs that are connected to the imported water supply
Quaggas, which are native to Ukraine, are environmentally
They're impossible to eradicate once they become established in a
reservoir, lake or other body of water. They clog pipes and screens
at power stations, water treatment plants and agricultural irrigation
lines. They also foul pumps and motors exposed to water.
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