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July 21, 2013

Exotic species mussel in on Clear Lake

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Besides an area apart from access traffic, the clean-and-drain areas will include compost bins in which anglers will be able to discard unwanted minnows, leeches and other baits, along with any vegetation they remove from their boats.

Historically, public lake access sites have not been equipped with receptacles since people other than boaters frequently are inclined use them as personal trash disposal facilities, he said.

The bottom line is that while reversing or halting the spread of aquatic invasive species may not be possible, conscientious efforts by boaters can at least slow it down.

And perhaps buy some time until permanent solutions are found.

John Cross is a Free Press staff writer. Contact him at 344-6376 or by e-mail at jcross@mankatofreepress.com.

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