Environmental Consulting


Quagga and Zebra Mussels Harm the Environment and Infrastructure

Since their appearance in the United States in 1988, quagga and zebra mussels have caused irreparable damage to the environment, and millions of dollars of damage to US infrastructure. In addition to fouling systems on watercraft, these invasive species have damaged harbors, waterways, water treatment plants, and power plants by attaching themselves to water intake pipes and spawning free-swimming larvae that are delivered directly into these facilities. The spread of quagga and zebra mussels is accelerated by watercraft and other marine vessels.

The Threats Posed by Quagga and Zebra Mussels

By slowing the spread of invasive species, Mussel Dogs helps ensure that water is fit for drinking, farming, recreation, and for fish and wildlife. These invasive species will impact the economic security of California industrial and commercial businesses due to the potential restriction of water flow in heat exchangers, condensers, fire suppression systems, cooling water systems and more. Once quagga and zebra mussels have been introduced into a system they are basically impossible to eradicate – even the best biopesticides are only 90% effective.

Detection and Prevention

Mussel Dogs Consulting Services evaluates lake management’s current programs, facilities and infrastructure to develop comprehensive plans to inspect watercraft for the presence of quagga and zebra mussels. Our clients trust Mussel Dogs Consulting Services to modify and monitor environmental management plans to achieve efficient, boater-friendly inspections. Mussel Dogs implements the best practices of federal, state and municipal agencies to minimize the invasive species impact of quagga and zebra mussels. Contact Mussel Dogs today for Consulting Services!