Zebra Mussel Alert The first new Zebra mussel infestation in 4 years was confirmed this week at North Star Lake.
Area residents and lodges have responded with positive action.
[cid:part1.ACB0B70E.16F2CB64@paulbunyan.net] (photo taken at North Star Lake late September)
WHAT IS BAD ABOUT ZEBRA MUSSELS?
1. They grow and reproduce quickly. Zebra Mussels reproduce high numbers of eggs in their second season of life. A single female mussel can produce up to one million eggs a year.
As the mussel population explodes, they cover the bottom and sides of almost everything.
2. They can change native plant and animal communities. The amounts of food they eat and the waste they produce have a life-altering effects on the ecosystem.
As filter feeders, they remove large amounts of microscopic plants and animals that form the base of the food chain, reducing available food for native aquatic species.
Zebra mussels attach to and encrust native mussels, essentially smothering them and removing more animals from the food chain.
3. They have recreational impacts. Zebra mussels encrust docks and boats. Small mussels can get into engine cooling systems, causing overheating and damage.
Zebra mussels also impact fish populations and reduce sport fishing opportunities. Their sharp shells can cut the feet of swimmers, beach goers, and dogs.
4. They cost us money. They clog water intake pipes disrupting water supplies. Zebra mussels also degrade water quality and can alter the smell and taste of the water.
Property values on infested lakes can also be adversely affected.
WHAT EVERYONE ON The Wabana Chain of Lakes CAN DO NOW:
Get outside now and check your docks, lifts and swim platforms for anything unusual. If you haven't pulled them from the lake yet, wade out and check things out.
Go out in a couple of feet of water. Pick up and examine sticks, rocks, clams... anything. Do you see anything unusual?
We all need to know what our lakeshore and lake bottoms in front of our properties look like. The only way we can remove any AIS from our lakes is if we catch it early before it has become wide spread.
This Early Detection is only possible if YOU keep an eye on YOUR property, equipment and lake bottom in front of your property.
Call Bill Grantges Itasca AIS Coordinator at 218-256-4243 if you find anything that does not belong,
if you have any questions or if you would like us to come survey your docks and lifts after they are out of the water contact our own Jean Panchyshyn a trained AIS Detector at 952-250-6690
or the DNR AIS Specialist Rich Rezenka at 218-328-8821
For more information see the following: Itasca County Aquatic Invasive Species Videos
<https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmKAaGPf_mGPY68q2OKRycQ> Zebra Mussels on Sand Lake<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1Xo7UcBB8s>
We all need to work together to Preserve Our Outdoor Traditions!
Moving Docks, Boat Lifts, and other Equipment Residents may not be aware of the Minnesota law which states “a boat lift, dock, swim raft, or associated equipment that has been removed
from any water body may not be placed in another water body until a minimum of 21 days have passed.” (Minnesota Statutes 84D.10 Subd. 4(f).)
After a thorough cleaning, equipment should be kept dry for a minimum of 21 days before placing in the water. DNR Permit required for transporting docks, lifts and other equipment If you plan to purchase
and/or move a dock, boat lift, swim raft, or other water equipment from one lake or river to another, all visible zebra mussels, faucet snails, and aquatic plants must be removed whether they are dead or alive.
A DNR transport authorization permit form is required for individuals who are moving equipment which has had prohibited invasive species and/or plants attached. There is no charge for this permit.
If a business provides this service for you, the business would need to get a lake service permit. These forms are available on the DNR website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/permits/invasive_species/index.html
If you hire someone to move your equipment, make sure the provider is on the DNR's list of Permitted Service Providers, located online at: https://webapps15.dnr.state.mn.us/ais_business_training/lake_service_provider_permits/public_website_list.
(List is organized by county). To find out if a lake is infested with invasive species, check the DNR Infested Waters List at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/infested.html