Zebra mussels are quickly becoming a water hazard you need to look out for in several state lakes.
Starting Sunday, boaters could get big fines if they don’t clean water craft of invasive species.
Christmas Lake Boaters could be hit with a big fine if they don’t comply with a new rule.
Refusing to get your boat inspected before launching on Christmas Lake could soon cost you. Last April, homeowners around Christmas Lake and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District chipped in $48,000 for a full-time boat inspector.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said it will be ramping up its boat inspections and enforcement efforts to prevent the spread of invasive zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS) this holiday weekend.
Minnesota will be cracking down this fishing season on boaters who spread unwanted hitchhikers such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water fleas.
As boating season commences, the DNR wants to remind all “weekend captains” to do their part in preventing our lakes and rivers from being overrun by invasive species of plants and other aquatic life.
Lake Minnetonka is among the many Minnesota lakes infested with zebra mussels, which spread rapidly and attach themselves to rocks, dock piers, beaches and boat hulls.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been sued by three associations representing Lake Bavaria, Christmas Lake and Lotus Lake in Carver County over failing to stop the spread of zebra mussels , officials said Wednesday.
Environmental groups say they may renew a legal battle if the federal government doesn’t toughen proposed regulations of ship ballast water that has brought invasive species such as zebra mussels to the Great Lakes.
Researchers have found the invasive zebra mussels are spreading in a popular recreational lake in eastern Minnesota.
Biologists at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are concerned zebra mussels may be hitchhiking on boat lifts.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it will be at least two years before the agency knows whether a pesticide applied to a northern Minnesota lake has killed a zebra mussel infestation.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to use a pesticide to try to kill zebra mussels recently found in a lake in Otter Tail County.
One particular aquatic invasive species threatening Minnesota’s lakes and rivers might someday be controlled by using a natural bacterium found in the soil.