Zebra mussels confirmed in Minnesota’s Elk Lake

Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Elk Lake near Hoffman in Grant County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday.

The state and lake associations have been trying to prevent the spread of the invasive, sharp mussels, which can compete with native fish for food and habitat, cut feet, harm boat motors and damage water intake pipes.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

Since some invasive species are small and difficult to see, the DNR recommends spraying boats with high-pressure water, rinsing for at least two minutes with water that’s 120 degrees Fahrenheit or for at least 10 seconds with water that’s 140 degrees Fahrenheit, or drying for at least five days.

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