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Greenlaurel: Baltimore reservoirs’ Public Enemy No. 1—the Zebra mussel

Loch Raven Reservoir Dam. Photo by Laurel Peltier.

A pesky alien shellfish that wreaks havoc on waterways is getting closer and closer to Baltimore’s drinking water reservoirs. Zebra mussels, stowaways from Russia, were found last spring in Hyde’s Quarry in Westminster, Maryland.

“Baltimore’s Department of Public Works has been ever-vigilant about keeping these invaders out, but this was way too close for comfort,” said Clark Howells, Watershed Section manager for Baltimore DPW.