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DEEPHAVEN, Minn. (AP) – A study finds zebra mussels are rapidly spreading throughout Lake Minnetonka.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District said Wednesday it found zebra mussels present at most testing sites across the lake.

Zebra mussels were first detected there last summer. Follow-up data collected last fall found zebra mussels across much of eastern Lake Minnetonka. This spring, the district placed monitoring devices at 32 sites all over the lake.

During the first monthly check of the devices in late June, zebra mussels were found at 24 locations all across the lake. Only five sites turned up no evidence of the invaders, while monitoring devices were lost at three other spots.

zebra mussel survey results Zebra Mussels Spread Rapidly In Lake Minnetonka

(credit: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District )

Officials remind people to clean, drain and dry their boats and equipment before entering new waters to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.

Because of the state shutdown, conservations officers were considered not essential and are not working to check boats for zebra mussels and other invasive species. They relying on boaters to check their own boats in an effort called “Save Our Summers.”

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