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In 2016, Texas was one of the fastest growing states in the country, adding almost a half-million people in a year’s time. With growth like that, securing future water supplies will become critical, so Sen. Ted Cruz filed a bill to loosen regulations around importing water from other states. The idea is to make it easier for Texas to buy water from its neighbors. But some worry it could lead to environmental destruction.

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Zebra mussels are showing up in Tarrant County. Officials say the razor-sharp shells have turned up in the waters of Lake Worth and Eagle Mountain Lake.


Starting July 1, all boats operating on public fresh water anywhere in Texas must be drained to help combat the spread of zebra mussels, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has announced.

But, as Memorial Day weekend approaches, the commission is urging all boaters to begin the preventative practice immediately.


Add another lake to the list of bodies of water in Texas that have been infested with zebra mussels.

The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Lake Lavon – and the invasive species appears to be on the move.

The presence of live zebra mussels or their larvae had already been confirmed in five other Texas locations: Lakes Texoma, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Bridgeport and Belton.

New rules could be put in place by next summer that would help prevent the spread of zebra mussels. If approved, all boats in a 17-county area across North Texas would have to be completely drained after use.

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The destructive zebra mussels continue their north Texas invasion. They’ve just been confirmed in Wise County’s Lake Bridgeport, which is owned by the Tarrant Regional Water District.

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Less than a year after zebra mussels were found in Lake Ray Roberts, the destructive invasive species has been confirmed in Lewisville Lake by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This is the third lake in Texas, and the second within the Trinity River basin, where zebra mussels have been discovered.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife says it will be difficult to stop newly discovered zebra mussels from spreading throughout the Trinity River basin all the way down to the Gulf.

Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists say invasive zebra mussels have spread to the Trinity River basin.

Biologists have found the DNA of invasive zebra mussels in six additional Texas lakes. That doesn’t mean the mussels are there, but KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports the discovery has heightened concerns.

Right now Texoma is the only Texas lake known to be infested with zebra mussels and officials want to prevent their spreading.

That’s why biologists became concerned when they found zebra mussel DNA in six additional lakes: Eagle Mountain, Lewisville, Ray Roberts, Arrowhead, Bridgeport and Caddo.