Zebra Mussel Monitoring Project (ZMMP)

Lake Palestine

About Lake Palestine

Sources for characteristics are linked from the characteristic's value. Conservation pool elevation datum is NGVD29.

Impoundment Year 1962
Drainage Area 839 mi2
Capacity 367,303 acre-ft
Conservation Pool Elevation 345 ft
Counties Anderson, Cherokee, Henderson, Smith
Primary Uses Water Supply , Recreation
Additional Resources Texas Parks and Wildlife - Lake Palestine
Water Data for Texas - Lake Palestine
Texas Water Development Board - Lake Palestine
Lake Status

No Texas Parks and Wildlife Status.

Lake Map

Blue triangles show USGS data-collection locations.

Zebra Mussel Detection Data

Larvae (Veliger) Detections
Most Recent Detection First Date Detected
11/13/2019 Not Detected 10/25/2017

Larvae detection counts are averaged across all sampling sites.

Zebra mussels typically spawn in the spring and autumn as microscopic, free swimming larvae called 'veligers'. The USGS uses fine mesh nets to sample for larvae during the spawning season.

Adult or Juvenile Detections
Most Recent Detection First Date Detected
11/13/2019 Not Detected 07/01/2019

Adult detection counts are averaged across all sampling sites.

At the end of their larval stage, zebra mussels attach to a substrate and metamorphose into juveniles. The USGS conducts both visual and SCUBA inspections, and deploys artificial substrates as passive samplers, to get a estimate of the juvenile and adult zebra mussel populations.

Water Quality Data

Water-quality monitoring is important for studies of zebra mussel survival, growth, and reproduction. Water-quality data are also important for risk assessments for zebra mussel infestation.