While members of the Brookfield Police Department took part in a cold water training dive recently, they investigated a report of possible zebra mussels in Candlewood Lake. What they found were Asian clams, a different non-native mussel. Those have been spotted in the lake for years.
While similar in size, Candlewood Lake Authority officials say they do have a different shape and coloring/pattern from the zebra mussels. Asian clams live in the sediment, while zebra mussels are usually found attached to hard surfaces.
To date, the CLA does not have any confirmed reports of zebra mussels in Candlewood Lake.