A Dogged Effort to Block Invasive Mussels

Jul 8, 2013

Boaters arriving at Lake Sonoma last Saturday were met by this warning, and a quick canine inspection on their way to the water.
Credit Kelly Ryan for KRCB

  Invasive zebra and Quagga mussels have clogged a path of destruction westward from the Great Lakes into California, where they are now being held at bay by a team of specially trained dogs. One of them was in action at Lake Sonoma over the weekend, and reporter Kelly Ryan was there, too.

Popeye, the mussel-sniffing dog, gives a quick all-clear to a power boat arriving at Lake Sonoma, as handler Debi Deshon looks on.
Credit Kelly Ryan for KRCB