Reclamation Zebra and Quagga Mussel Research Program
Reclamation's Science and Technology Program is providing funding support for research and development to detect and control invasive mussels throughout Reclamation. This research is developing, evaluating, and demonstrating effective technologies for the detection, prevention, control and management of invasive mussels both in the lab and in a field setting.
Significant progress has been made in the last five years on detection methodologies and laboratory capabilities. In addition, closed-pipe control technologies, specifically ultra-violet light (UV) systems, have proven effective. Additional research on this topic is currently ongoing and will address these priorities:
- Continued improvements in early detection and monitoring methods
- Demonstration and evaluation of conventional and promising new open water control technologies
- Identification and development of effective long-term biological and engineering solutions
- Distribution and sharing of information on best practices for dealing with infestations
This research will involve close coordination and cooperation between Reclamation project managers and researchers, private industry, managing partners, and other federal, state, and local agencies. The establishment of multi-agency cooperation and industry partnerships is an important outcome of this process in ensuring that we do not reinvent what is already available. Reclamation seeks to take advantage of opportunities to evaluate and enhance technologies through well planned and coordinated demonstration projects that will help meet Reclamation’s requirements.
Reclamation is coordinating with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, other federal, state, and local agencies, as well as our managing partners to advance applicability of various available technologies.