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DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 12, 2014
From the Department of Natural Resources
Zebra mussels confirmed in Cass Lake in Cass County
Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Cass Lake located in Cass County in northwestern Minnesota, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
A citizen discovered the zebra mussels earlier in the week while collecting shells on the beach on the southeast corner of Cedar Island. The area is a popular beach and swimming area where people park their watercraft to swim and fish.
Three hollow (dead) zebra mussels of varying sizes (ages) were collected. The samples were given to a DNR creel clerk who submitted them to the DNR area fisheries office in Bemidji where they were verified to be zebra mussels.
Following the identification, DNR staff conducted a search on Cass Lake around the northwest and southeast points of Cedar Island. The crew inspected more than 200 items along 565 feet of shoreline and 2,500 square feet of lake habitat and found zebra mussels in a variety of sizes.
“This is the first confirmed adult zebra mussel find in the Bemidji area,” said Nicole Kovar, DNR invasive species specialist.
DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Zebra mussels discovered in 2 Crow Wing County lakes
Adult zebra mussels have been found in Gilbert and North Long lakes in Crow Wing County, resulting in both lakes being designated as infested, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The lakes are located near Brainerd.
The initial discovery was reported by the parents of two young boys who retrieved a plastic container with attached zebra mussels while snorkeling in Gilbert Lake. A few days later, children swimming in North Long Lake found zebra mussels and their parents reported this discovery to DNR. Following the positive identification of the zebra mussels, DNR aquatic biologists searched both lakes and found additional specimens to confirm the diagnosis.
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St. Paul, Minn. – The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is recruiting volunteers to help track water quality changes in lakes and streams across the state. Minnesota’s volunteer water monitoring programs are among the largest citizen science programs in the nation, but in order to reach all the lakes and streams across Minnesota, more volunteers are needed.
More than 1,300 Minnesotans volunteer to track the health of their favorite lake or stream through the Citizen Lake and Citizen Stream Monitoring Programs. As part of the program, volunteers are asked to perform a short and simple test at their designated lake or stream once per week throughout the summer. Equipment and training are provided by the MPCA.
Volunteer data helps water resource managers to see trends in water quality and make watershed management decisions throughout the state. For some lakes and streams, volunteer-collected data is the only data available, making citizen involvement critical to ensuring to the long-term health of Minnesota’s waters.
Citizen Water Monitoring volunteers benefit from the program by learning more about their favorite lake or stream, connecting with their community, and helping to maintain and protect one of our state’s most precious natural resources.
To become a volunteer or learn more about the program, visit the MPCA’s website at www.pca.state.mn.us/cmp, or call 651-296-6300 (Twin Cities) or 800-657-3864 (Greater Minnesota).
Article from the University of Minnesota Extension Water Resources News, Spring 2014 edition