Great news – OLWQS volunteers Dave Kumka and Adrian Cwikowski conducted thorough sample testings for invasive clams at Legion Beach and found none.

IMPACT & RISKS

Invasive clams can rapidly reproduce with densities reaching 10,000 per square meter

They can outcompete native species for habitat and food

Under suitable conditions invasive clams can reach high densities and have the ability to cause clogging of pipes and other structures affecting power plants, irrigation and water supply facilities, and water treatment systems

They can alter water chemistry and drinking water by favoring algae blooms.

All photo credits: Neil Bousquet