Friday, July 13, 2012

Zebra Mussels Found in Pelican Lake

Scuba divers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources have found zebra mussels in Pelican Lake in Breezy Point. They were found in two separate locations during a search of the lake on July 9.

The search was a follow-up to an intensive search last November after a single juvenile zebra mussel was found on a dock. The November search of the lake failed to turn up any additional mussels. DNR staff also asked the Pelican Lake Association to notify its members to report any suspect mussels, but no other zebra mussels were found in 2011.

The DNR reminds boaters, they are required by law to remove aquatic plants and zebra mussels from boats and trailers, drain all water, including pulling the drain plug, open water draining devises, and drain bilges and live wells.  The drain plug must be removed or open when transporting boat on public roads and bait buckets must be drained when exiting lakes that have been designated as infested with spiny waterfleas or zebra mussels.

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