DNR finds Zebra Mussels in Cedar Lake, St. James Mine Pit

DNR finds Zebra Mussels in Cedar Lake, St. James Mine Pit

July 26, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (7/26/21)

(Aitkin County, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources this past week confirmed the presence of zebra mussels in Cedar Lake in Aitkin County and in the St. James Mine Pit in Aurora in St Louis County.

DNR invasive species specialists followed up on a report from a Cedar Lake user who found and photographed one zebra mussel in a swimming area. According to reports, three additional adult zebra mussels were found in the area.

The DNR reminds that under Minnesota law, boaters and anglers are to Clean watercraft and trailers of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species, Drain all water by removing plugs and keeping them out during transports, and Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

To remove or kill aquatic invasive species, follow the precautions of spraying with high-pressure water, rinse with very hot water, or dry for at least five days.

People should contact a DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species, which can be done by visiting the AIS page on the DNR’s website.