Zebra Mussels

Zebra Mussel collected in Iowa Great Lakes

By admin | September 11, 2012

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa DNR recently collected a single live juvenile zebra mussel from Upper Gar Lake on a sampling plate used to monitor for the presence or absence of zebra mussels. Additional sampling was immediately conducted in Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, East Okoboji Lake, Upper Gar Lake, Minnewashta, and Lower Gar … Read more…

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Nebraska law cracks down on invasive carp

By admin | August 31, 2012

One fish, two fish Asian carp fish … no fish. It’s not exactly Dr. Seuss’ original story line, but it is what can happen when an invasive species such as Asian carp enters a lake. Asian carp are voracious eaters. They deplete the food supply for native fish, said Karie Decker, invasive species program coordinator … Read more…

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USA Today covers invasive species issue

By admin | July 10, 2012

After Brian Griffin pulls his boat out of West Loon Lake, a couple of weeds dangle from his trailer and propeller. One is a nice surprise: white-stemmed pondweed, an endangered plant, says Michael Adam, senior biologist for Lake County. The other is a problem: Eurasian watermilfoil.

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DNR considers installing electric fish barrier

By admin | January 19, 2012

Officials throughout Dickinson County have focused on efforts to stop zebra mussels from entering the Iowa Great Lakes. Now, a new threat has spawned and water protection groups are trying to prevent the invasion of another aquatic invasive species.

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Zebra mussel prevention efforts

By admin | November 9, 2011

There is currently an effort in California to develop a statewide program to fight the advance of zebra mussels. A zebra mussel detection dog trainer, Debi DeShon, recently shared this information with Iowa Great Lakes residents. This link will take you to a copy of the resolution by Lake County to declare a state of … Read more…

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Water Safety & AIS Update

By admin | November 5, 2011

By Phil Petersen Live and learn can best describe our water safety and fighting Aquatic Invasive Species activity this summer. In the spring we learned that the State Game and Fish Protection Fund that holds our Boat Registration user fees had a $38.7M spending cap. While this legislature spending cap had never come into play … Read more…

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Interns Being Utilized For AIS Awareness At Lakes Area Boat Ramps

By admin | July 9, 2011

Wednesday, July 06, 2011 (Wahpeton)– Efforts to try to keep aquatic invasive species out of the Iowa Great Lakes are once again underway this season. Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says some college students are spending some of their weekends this summer at some of the heaviest used … Read more…

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New State Law Aims to Slow Spread of Invasive Species

By admin | June 29, 2011

June 6, 2011 Lake Minnetonka Patch Legislation aimed at strengthening Minnesota’s ability to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species was signed into law last week by Gov. Mark Dayton. The new law received bipartisan support in the Legislature. New measures call for more thorough watercraft inspections and stronger regulations to prohibit the transportation of … Read more…

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Protecting the Iowa Great Lakes from Aquatic Invasive Species

By admin | June 29, 2011

June 3, 2011 Our lakes continue to be free of Aquatic Invasive Species and it is up to each of us to keep it that way.  Eurasian watermilfoil creates a thick mat of weeds that chokes a lake making boating, fishing, and swimming difficult. Zebra mussels multiple very rapidly to quickly cover docks, hoists, and … Read more…

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A Threat Hard to Imagine

By admin | June 24, 2010

By Phil Petersen It is hard to imagine a biological threat to the Iowa Great Lakes so damaging that modern science couldn’t fix.  That is the situation we face with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).  These invaders can sneak in silently and immediately begin to take over.  They have no native enemies and can grow very rapidly.  … Read more…

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