Mussels flex muscles

Maybe zebra mussels are more than mere mollusks after all. Is it mere coincidence that days after the Hillsboro City Council approved contracts authorizing an engineering study to test an experimental strategy designed to neutralize their growing threat at the pump station at Marion Reservoir that a surge of militant mussels nearly forced the city into enacting emergency water-conservation practices?

Could their invasion last week be part of a carefully planned counter-offensive in what is turning into a ferocious fight for lake supremacy?

Could it be that man and mussels are sinking into a fruitless shell game that ultimately will encrust our hopes for the future with despair?

Or could it simply be the extreme heat of recent weeks has shriveled the brain of this summer-sapped editor? Stay tuned. ?DR

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