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Learn About the Lake County Mussel Prevention Program

LAKEPORT – Carolyn Ruttan, the invasive species program coordinator for the Lake County Department of Water Resources will speak about the Lake County Mussel Prevention Program at Lakeport Library on June 20 at 6:00 p.m. The library is located at 1425 N. High St. in Lakeport.

            According to Ruttan, “The quagga and zebra mussel prevention program is one of the most important programs authorized by the county supervisors. If we allow these mussels to enter Lake County they will cause irreparable damage to Clear Lake and the area’s economy.”

            Ruttan’s presentation will explain what the mussels are and the seriousness of the threat that they pose to the county. She will have informative handouts for audience members to take and share with other people. The free program is for all ages and no library card is needed to attend.

She has also provided a display about the mussels that will be in the library all through June. Part of the display shows how quickly the fingernail-sized mussels can take over anything that they attach to. For people who are not able to attend Ruttan’s presentation, the library will have information available to the public. The website for the Lake County Invasive Mussel Prevention Program is www.nomussels.com.

            For more information about the program contact Amy Patton at 263-8817 ext. 17015 or Amy.Patton@LakeCountyCA.gov. The Lake County Library website is http://library.co.lake.ca.us.

            Lakeport Library, located at 1425 N. High Street, is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m. The phone number is 263-8817.