Zebra mussels may benefit from government shutdownPelican Lake, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota Budget problems could mean bad news for those trying to protect their lakes from Aquatic Invasive Species.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Pelican Lake is already invested with Zebra mussels like these. The mussels stick to anything hard like docks, boats and other shell fish. The Minnesota DNR wants to hire 20 new watercraft inspectors to prevent the spread of AIS, but they can't until the budget crisis is resolved. Resorts have noticed zebra mussels by the thousands on Pelican Lake.
Larry Kohler – Resort Owner on Pelican Lake: “And now this year, there are more of them, like the swim area here, children have been in there, and get bruises on the bottom of their feet from the sharp edges.”
Currently, the DNR has 100 watercraft inspectors at select Minnesota lakes.