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Published October 25, 2011, 09:53 PM

Becker County looking into invasive species task force

Becker County, MN (WDAY TV) - Dozens of people are voicing their concerns to the Becker County Commission. They want to stop an invasive species from creeping closer to the county.

Dozens of people are voicing their concerns to the Becker County Commission. They want to stop an invasive species from creeping closer to the county.

So many people came to the Becker County Commission Meeting that people were pouring out the door. People from lake-related groups gave a presentation to convince commissioners to form a task force to tackle the terrible aquatic invasive species.

Terry Kalil – VP Becker County COLA: "It’s all been studied, and researched, and talked to death. We need a team, to take action."

Mussels haven't made it to the county yet, but they're close.

Barry Nelson – Becker County Commission Chair: "It's a pretty hot topic around, and we are finally making it public."

Community members came prepared too with plenty of questions.

Craig Wilstad – Juggler Lake: "A lot of folks just put on monitoring the public accesses but there are so many other points and private residents where people invite guests to spend the weekend."

Jenson: "And if we get zebra mussels in our lake, our values are going to go down."

People will team up for the task force, like representatives from the city of Detroit Lakes, the Sheriff's Office, White Earth, plus fisherman, water-sportsmen and more.

Terry Kalil: "There's no method of eradicating them. They will clog up boat motors, your water intake pipes if you water your lawn from the lake. They ruin boat lifts, docks."

People are putting pressure on commissioners to start action because once zebra mussels reach the county line. They say there's no turning back. The task force will meet for the first time as soon as funding and resources are in place.

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