Quagga Mussel Blitz
Twenty-five to thirty divers will be in the water the week of June 10 at Wahweap and Antelope Point Marinas to assess the extent of quagga mussels in Lake Powell and to remove all existing mussels. Divers and staff from the National Park Service (NPS), Aramark, Antelope Point Marinas, and other local, state, and federal agencies will inspect moored boats, docks, cables, and the buoy field in the marina areas during the intensive 4-day effort. The location, size, and quantity of the mussels removed will be recorded to help scientists determine the origin and scope of the problem.
“We’re going to give it our best shot to remove all mussels and return the lake to a mussel-free state,” said Superintendent Todd Brindle. “There is still no evidence of a reproducing colony. This proactive approach and intensive inspection hopefully will eliminate the ability of quagga mussels to spread throughout the lake.”
Park staff encourages the public to maintain a safe distance while the divers are working and to be extra cautious when operating boats in the marina areas during this time.
Current mussel-free certification requirements and boat inspections will continue. The most effective way to fight the spread of invasive species is to clean, drain, and dry your boat and equipment before and after every use.
An opportunity will be made available for members of the press to take photographs of the operation. Please contact Jeanne Roy at 928-608-6354 or Jeanne_Roy@nps.gov if interested.