The zebra mussel’s reproductive and living habits have raised concerns that they may affect the aquatic environment. By altering the food chain and water chemistry, as well as through sheer numbers of mussels, native aquatic species may be adversely impacted. Zebra mussels may also affect manmade facilities by clogging water intake pipes and disrupting withdrawal operations. The mussels attach themselves to and grow within, water intakes of both inboard and outboard motors. Subsequent restriction of water flow can cause motors to overheat.
Although some treatments have proven effective for spot control, eliminating zebra mussels once they are established is not likely.
ODWC’s Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) program has confirmed invasive zebra mussels in 24 different water bodies throughout Oklahoma, including Kaw, Sooner, Hefner, Keystone, Robert S. Kerr, Grand, Skiatook, Eufaula, Oologah, Claremore, Greenleaf, Shawnee Twin Lakes, Ardmore City Lake, and Texoma lakes, as well as in the lower Canadian, Cimarron, Arkansas, Verdigris, Washita and North Canadian rivers.