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Exerpt Memo 1: Lakes and reservoirs in Texas serve many different functions throughout the state, from recreational use to the source of energy to create electricity for hydropower plants. A major issue has occurred in the last decade “that cause hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in economic costs, alter whole freshwater ecosystems” (Tompkins, 2019). This is due to the extreme growth rate and rapid spread of zebra mussels across the state's reservoirs and lakes. Out of the 196 major lakes in Texas, 17 have been “classified as fully infested with zebra mussels”(Texas Parks and Wildlife), many more have tested positive for traces of zebra mussel larvae. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have come up with a couple of state policies to slow down future spreading of the zebra mussel. With the leading cause for the spread of zebra mussels is due to recreational boating Bossenbroek, Johnson, Peters, and Lodge (2007).
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