The National Park Service is reporting that the quagga mussel—notorious of the zebra mussel—has been discovered in Lake Mead. This invasion is going to turn Western states’ world upside-down. My sincere condolences.
Quaggas were first introduced into North American freshwaters by ocean-going ships moving cargo in the Great Lakes. There are other invaders that may be able to spread inland: zebra mussels are on the heels of this invasion and the Eurasian ruffe, an invasive fish brought into the Great Lakes by ocean-ships, could cause serious problems if they make it out West.
It’s time that lawmakers in our nation’s capital understand what we have known for years: Invasive species in the Great Lakes are not just a problem for the region, they are a problem for the nation.