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Report from S&T Project 1876: Case Studies: Impact and Control of Invasive Mussels at Hydropower Plants

Thirteen hydropower plants with invasive quagga or zebra mussel fouling were interviewed about their experience. Information was gathered about the size and operation of the facility, the mussel infestation timeline, the systems, and structures experiencing mussel fouling, the implemented control and mitigation methods, and the expenses associated with mussel management. The severity of mussel impacts was dependent on the design of the power plant and raw water usage. The size and number of generators was not indicative of the severity of impacts. The majority of plants interviewed do not completely track mussel specific maintenance and costs, therefore the estimates do not provide a complete picture of the costs associated with mussel infestations at hydropower plants. These case studies provide valuable information to managers at plants preparing for the potential arrival of dreissenid mussels.
Generation Effort S&T Project 1876: Case Studies: Impact and Control of Invasive Mussels at Hydropower Plants
Themes Environmental
Tags Quagga Mussels, Invasive Species, Dreissenid Mussel, Mussel Impacts
Reclamation Project Yuma Project, Boulder Canyon Project, Colorado River Storage Project, Colorado River Front Work and Levee System, Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Project
Reclamation Program Science and Technology Program

Location Information

Location Description
Location Tags Colorado River Basin
Location Parent
State(s) Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
Unified Region(s) Upper Colorado Basin, Lower Colorado Basin
Timezone
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Coordinates (lat, long) See Location Details
Horizontal Datum WGS84