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Published January 27, 2012, 06:27 PM

Otter Tail County officials lay down plan to stop invasive species

Otter Tail County, MN (WDAY TV) - Otter Tail County Officials are laying down a solid plan to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Otter Tail County Officials are laying down a solid plan to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. People with Land and Resource Management are helping get a team in place to tackle the county's growing problem. A committee will try to figure out how to slow down, stop, and possibly remove the species.

The Pelican River chain, including lakes like Pelican, Lizzie, and Lida, is already encountering zebra mussels. Officials say zebra mussels are a serious threat to the county.

Bill Kalar – Land & Resource Management: "We do have 1,049 lakes and 1,174 miles of river so an infestation could have some very serious effects."

Officials say a committee should be formed by mid-February. Long-term plans will be in place within a few months.

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