Fall is a key time of year to check for invasive species
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Elkhorn Lake in Kandiyohi County.
DNR fisheries staff initially found one zebra mussel on the northwest side of the lake. Three DNR staff performed a dive search that did not reveal additional zebra mussels. DNR staff subsequently found individual adult zebra mussels while searching equipment in the water on opposite sides of the lake.
Minnesota law requires keeping docks and lifts out of the water for at least 21 days before putting them into another body of water.
The DNR recommends these steps for lake property owners:
- Look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period.
- Hire DNR-permitted lake service provider businesses to install or remove boats, docks, lifts and other water-related equipment. These businesses have received training on Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species laws and many have experience identifying and removing invasive species.
- People should contact their area aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have discovered an invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake. Take a photo of any newly discovered invasive species before removing it from equipment. Save specimens or leave them in place until the DNR can investigate.
More information is available at www.mndnr.gov/AIS.