Oregon Forest Pest Detectors (OFPDs) are volunteers that help prevent the damaging impacts of invasive forest pests by monitoring for and reporting potential infestations. They usually already have some baseline knowledge of ...
Students use an online quarantine estimator to determine how long zebra mussels can survive out of water. By varying the settings, such as location in country and month of the year, students can observe how the time needed to dry a boat is related to the time of year and the local climate (humidity and temperature). This curriculum on invasive zebra and quagga mussels is part of the Menace to the West on Oregon Sea Grant's website.
To date, the Columbia River basin is the only region left in the U.S. that is not infested with zebra mussels, or the closely related quagga mussels.
According to the Oregon Invasive Species Council, the most significant concern is that zebra mussels may be unknowingly released and introduced into waterways. This could potentially cost millions of dollars in response efforts, monitoring, and ultimately maintenance costs if the mussels become established.
Once they get established, zebra and quagga mussels quickly take over a body of water and the chance that they will be eradicated is slim.
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