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Parks and Wildlife tips to keep invasive mussels out of Lake Pueblo

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Families and pets celebrate Labor Day at Lake Pueblo State Park. Families and pets celebrate Labor Day at Lake Pueblo State Park.

The wet weather isn't putting a damper on people's Memorial Day weekend at Lake Pueblo State Park, but invasive species of mussels are being spotted on boats from out of state at an alarming rate.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials inspect all boats set to enter the water around the state. During inspections they look for two species of invasive mussels that you can't find in any Colorado water.

So far, Parks and Wildlife has found 11 boats with the invasive species, which they say is a record number. The mussels can harm the ecosystem if introduced to Colorado water, possibly leading to a lot of money in damages.

The mussels are often brought back to Colorado by residents who have used their boats in other states' waters. Parks and Wildlife advises everyone to properly clean boats to avoid bringing these species into Colorado.

"Every boat that comes on and off the lake we are inspecting. The big message to everybody is clean, drain, dry. If you're clean, drain dry you're not going to move anything around," said Doug Youngers with Parks and Wildlife.

Boats spotted with these invasive species have been on the rise in recent years. The mussels can clog water infrastructure, damage boats, and reduce water quality.

For more information on invasive species and how you can help keep them out of Colorado, visit the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.

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