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Aquatic Nuisance Species


Aquatic nuisance species can wreak havoc on ecosystems, outdoor recreation, hydroelectric power equipment and the economy. When dreaded mussel larvae were discovered  at Green Mountain Reservoir in August, state leaders sent a plea for help all the way to the White House. As part of the Connecting the Drops series, KGNU's Hannah Leigh Myers joined a Colorado Parks and Wildlife team as they took samples at Green Mountain Reservoir in an effort to ward off the invasive mussels and keep Colorado waters safe from threatening species


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Colorado Parks and Wildlife sampling and monitoring technician Sam Armstrong records data as his team collects samples at Green Mountain Reservoir.
Erin Gathright, a sampling and monitoring technician with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, filters plankton out of water collected at Green Mountain Reservoir. 
A plankton sample from Green Mountain Reservoir ready for shipment to Denver for quagga mussel testing.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Robert Walters and Nathan Anderson discuss efforts the agency is taking to combat quagga mussels at Green Mountain Reservoir. 
 Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Erin Gathright gathers one of the hundreds of plankton samples the agency has collected from Green Mountain Reservoir. 

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Connecting the Drops is a radio collaboration between Water Education Colorado and Colorado Community Radio Stations KGNU, KDNK and KRCC.


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