ZEBRA MUSSEL PREVENTION
Ute Water’s service area encompasses most of the Grand Valley. It’s been said that between 50% and 65% of Lake Powell visitors are from Colorado, and the primary route to Lake Powell is directly through our service area utilizing Interstate 70 (I-70). Lake Powell and Lake Mead have been inundated with zebra and quagga mussels for years, and boats from Lake Powell and Lake Mead have been linked to reservoirs in Colorado that have tested positive for mussel DNA or larval stage mussels. Given the close proximity of the Grand Valley to Lake Powell, and I-70 traveling through the Grand Valley, Ute Water is taking action to prevent mussels from being introduced into our Plateau Creek watershed.
Ute Water’s source water collection system consists of reservoirs, diversion structures and pipelines, all of which can be significantly impacted by the colonization of zebra or quagga mussels. Not only could mussels significantly reduce our ability to deliver water to our water treatment facility, eradication efforts would be very expensive. Currently, there is not a proven method to effectively remove mussels from a reservoir without substantial damage to the entire ecosystem.
IF YOU FIND A MUSSEL ON YOUR BOAT OR TRAILER
If you find anything that you think is an invasive species on your trailer, boat or in a water body, report it to CPW by calling (303) 291-7295 or emailing Invasive.Species@state.co.us. Take and send pictures if possible.