ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Natural Resources officials are asking boaters to help stop the spread of invasive zebra mussels.

The DNR says department biologists found young zebra mussels on anchor blocks for buoys near Havre de Grace last month. They say boaters, anglers and others who use the lower Susquehanna River and upper Chesapeake Bay can help stop the spread.

Precautions include washing mud and plants from boats, motors and trailers, as well as draining all river water before leaving. Rinsing equipment with hot or high pressure water before traveling to another water body is also recommended.

Zebra mussels were first found in Maryland in 2008 in the Susquehanna River. Biologists say zebra mussels can force out native species as well as clog intake pipes at power plants and public water systems.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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