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July 21, 2013

Exotic species mussel in on Clear Lake

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A pessimistic view of such efforts is that the battle already is lost.

A more optimistic take is that such measures can slow the spread of them, perhaps until some kind of effective control/eradication techniques are devised.

Two things are certain: The battle won’t end any time soon and any success in stemming the tide will continue to depend on the diligence of boaters and anglers to do their part.

To that effect, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ramped up education and enforcement efforts over the last two years.

By now, we all ought to know to remove the drain-plug, drain live wells, not to transport minnows in lake water and to clean off any clinging vegetation from boat, motor and trailer.

Conservation officers no longer offer any forgiveness to those who don’t. Careless or forgetful boaters can be assured of receiving citations.

Boaters will have additional reminders to practice due diligence in coming weeks when the DNR installs “clean-and-drain” areas at public lake access sites around the state.

The areas will be convenient locations at access sites where boaters will be able to pull off and away from from other traffic to clean and drain their boats.

The plan is to have them in place at more than 200 public access sites around the state.

Craig Beckman, DN Regional Parks and Trails Supervisor at New Ulm, said area boaters can expect to see the areas on several local lakes in the coming weeks.

“We’re in the process of evaluating what kind of lakes they will be installed at,” he said. “It will be based on lakes with current invasive infestations and the amount of boat traffic.”

Boaters can expect to find them on the most popular area lakes, like Madison and Washington.

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