Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly Keyes

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan


Zebra mussels (ZM) are an invasive species infesting water supplies across the US. The project goals were to ascertain the viability of ZM in the Quabbin and other water supplies in MA; to analyze the effects of ZM infestation on the environment and infrastructure of the water supplies; to consider economic impact of infestation; and to review laws limiting the spread of invasive species. Study shows that ZM require specific habitat conditions including pH, alkalinity, and calcium. Study revealed that most surface water supplies in MA, including the Quabbin, have low vulnerability towards mussel infestation. Costs for removal of mussels from infested regions will be minimal. Legislation should focus on public education and restrictions to reduce the spread of the mussels.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs