KENNEWICK, Wash.—Boat patrolmen are reminding boaters to professionally clean their boats if they have been in the Colorado River or East of the Mississippi River. If you don't, you could bring Zebra Muscle to the area and be charged with a hefty fine.
"It was introduced to this country by a boat specifically big ships. They're reeking havoc on irrigation, dams, clogged pipes, very bad. We don't have them in the northwest and we don't want them," says Deputy Steve Warren, Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
One example of an aquatic invasive specie that has been introduced into the Columbia River is milfoil.