It only takes one Asian clam to make 16,000 baby Asian clams a year.
Small and brown and somewhat inconspicuous, the invasive species likes the sandy parts of Owasco Lake, and Michele Wunderlich, associate planner for the Cayuga County Department of Planning and Economic Development, shared on Thursday the latest results of a survey conducted in July. Members of the Cayuga County Water Quality Management Agency listening to her presentation gasped at the reproduction numbers.
But Wunderlich did have some good news.
The number of clams per square meter has dropped from about 2,600 last year to about 1,000 this year. Wunderlich added that most of the clams she and other researchers observed were juveniles.