You may have been hearing a lot about Aquatic Invasive Species and the devastation it causes to our lakes through infestation of Eurasian Watermilfoil, Spiny Waterflea, Starry Stonewort and Zebra Mussels, just to name a few. It is important to understand that any action suggested by governmental agencies to contain and stop the transmission from infested lakes to clean lakes has been less than effective. Infectious diseases may be quarantined in people, but there is nothing to stop the spread of disease (aquatic invasive species) in our beloved lakes.
Early detection of zebra mussels is imperative for treating any infected area of water. Private property owners with or without boat launching capabilities are encouraged to install a simple device called Zebra Mussel Early Warning System or ZMEWS for short. Click on the following sentence to access the full story.
The ZMEWS is simply a 4 inch or larger high pressure PVC pipe strung with a rope or chain that hangs from a dock. The pipe should be placed about one foot from the bottom of the lake and be checked monthly. Build one and hang from your dock – it’s simple to do and can be an effective tool for early detection.