Precautions can stop invasivesPublished 9:32am Friday, July 19, 2013 Updated 11:42am Friday, July 19, 2013
As the DNR continues to find zebra mussels on lakes in our area, North and South Lake Lida are the latest. Clearly, enforcement of the rules and practices to prevent the spread of such invasives has become critical.
The Department of Natural Resources confirmation zebra mussels on South Lida means that every lake downstream is in jeopardy of getting them. Considering the impact of the invasive species on a lake, DNR prevention efforts such as signs at public accesses, and the 200 cleaning and draining stations at public accesses in Minnesota are appreciated.
However, enforcement and education can only go so far. The bottom line is, those who use lakes that contain zebra mussels and want to use other lakes need to be vigilant about cleaning their boats. That said, we suggest they simply do not use other lakes. It might be harsh for those who enjoy fishing or boating on multiple lakes, but it’s a necessary evil.
Zebra mussels may be inevitable on all Otter Tail County lakes. But proper precautions can significantly slow their growth.