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Published August 05, 2011, 10:47 AM

Boaters to encounter zebra mussel power wash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is launching a new weapon against the spread of the invasive zebra mussel in at least three lakes.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is launching a new weapon against the spread of the invasive zebra mussel in at least three lakes.

DNR workers will use high-pressure washers to decontaminate boats with zebra mussels at Lake Minnetonka and Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County and Lake Mille Lacs, the state's second largest inland lake.

DNR spokeswoman Keri Hull says boats will be inspected this weekend and only those with zebra mussels attached will be power washed with water up to 140 degrees.

Minnesota Public Radio News says (http://bit.ly/rhJtY5 ) the DNR will concentrate on the three lakes this weekend, then move the decontamination units around the state to some of the 50 Minnesota water bodies known to be infested with zebra mussels.

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