Mussel Invasion Would Cost Montana Hundreds Of Millions, Report Says

News Type: State Source: MT Public Radio
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If invasive zebra and quagga mussels were to infest lakes in Montana, the state could lose more than a $230 million per year in mitigation costs and lost revenue, according to a report released Thursday from the Montana Invasive Species Council.

Stephanie Hester is the council’s coordinator. She says the economic effects of a full-blown zebra or quagga mussel infestation could be considerably higher.

“The big takeaways are that this report doesn’t even come close to capturing the full costs that would be associated with a maximum mussel invasion in Montana. It only estimates the cost to affected stakeholder groups, and yet that cost is $234 million per year in perpetuity.”