Officials confirm presence of quagga mussel in Utah reservoir

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Wildlife officials have confirmed the presence of quagga mussels in Sand Hollow Reservoir.

About two weeks ago, officials with the Division of Wildlife Resources found what appeared to be an adult quagga mussel in the water. They sent it to a Colorado lab, where three different DNA tests confirmed the mussel was in fact a quagga.

Divers have since gone back to Sand Hollow to search for more quaggas, but so far they haven't found any.

The mussels could cause millions in damage to the state's waterways if they spread. There have been scares before in Utah, but this is the first actual adult in the shell discovered in the state.

Restrictions for boaters remain in place. All boats leaving Sand Hollow must be properly decontaminated and inspected by wildlife officials before they can go anywhere else.

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