by West Central Tribune
August 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm in West Central Tribune
Taking on zebra mussels … Some reason for optimism Continue Reading
Tags: aquatic, County, Environment, Green, invasive, kandiyohi, lake, Life, local, Outdoors, region, species, spicer, waters 2 Comments »
Here is the juice, stopping this pest is not only going to be difficult, but darn right impossible with the flow of boats that go in and out of numerous lakes including lakes up north, and south of the cities. The weather, and conditions make this pest one that is going to effect many lakes before long. Also it won’t be long before Asian carp will be all over some of our lakes, and that is a fact. We just have to find uses for these invading pests as they are doing down south for Asian carp paying fishermen by the pound. The Zebra mussels can do some severe damage to the ego system for the fresh water game fish because of its ability to grow at alarming rates, that also damages props on boat motors or jamming them up. The only way to really get a handle on this pest is come up with some way to treat the water and kill the mussels without hurting the fish, maybe finding another pest that feeds on these mussels. Funding is the big short fall, and the state just doesn’t have the financial means to battle this, which is why they urge boaters to help. I just feel not enough boaters really do their part, or some don’t even care. I often see boaters pull their boats out of the water and just drive off with crap hanging from their props. The heat and warmth of the water really accerates the growth.
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Yes they have the chemical but it can’t fully be called a cure or even a weapon since there woulds have to be numerous amounts to be used in lakes already effected which continue grow. It doesn’t stop reproducing which is what we need. It kills them but not fast enough. Boaters need to really step it up.
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