Since the beginning of the deep drawdown, the Candlewood Lake Authority has been searching for additional Zebra Mussels on the exposed shoreline. Some 36 invasive zebra mussels have been found. Because of the physical distance between the mussels, using physical barriers like mats, or small localized chemical applications are not possible to control the mussels.
CLA officials say zebra mussels cannot survive when exposed to the air for a long period of time -- especially in the cold air. While it's not a guarantee that they will all be killed by the drawdown, CLA says it is the best lake-wide management tool right now.
The organization is working with the towns, local legislators, and DEEP to try to increase oversight and education for all invasive species, including zebra mussels, at all of the ramps on Candlewood.