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UT Tyler marine biology students working to increase 'good mussels'

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Texas boaters will soon be required to drain all the water from boats on-board receptacles when leaving or approaching a body of fresh water. The new rule is meant to stop the spread of zebra mussels.

But there are fresh water mussels in East Texas that are good for the environment. The UT Tyler marine biology lab was recently given a grant to study six endangered species of mussel. Those good mussels are some of the best things in the water, and they're looking for a way to get their numbers back up.

They actually perform some really important functions for our rivers, and nutrient cycling and nutrient removal is an important function. They also filter feed. Those all improve water quality," said Professor Lance Williams.

To get caught up on all the boating regulations that go into effect next week as part of this law, click here.

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