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Zebra mussels confirmed in George Lake near Spicer

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SPICER – Zebra mussels have been found in George Lake near Spicer.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed Thursday that the invasive zebra mussels were in the small Kandiyohi County lake, which is surrounded by lake homes and a former Bible camp that was recently purchased by a church.

According to a press release, a lake property owner contacted the DNR when he found two zebra mussels on a dock he was removing from the lake. A neighbor reported a single zebra mussel on another dock nearby.

DNR invasive species specialists did not find any other zebra mussels during a search of that section of the lake.

The DNR will consider whether to also add Nest Lake to the infested waters list, because it is connected to George Lake.

Zebra mussels are frequently confirmed when docks and lifts are being removed from lakes at the end of the season.

The DNR advises people to look on the posts, wheels and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period.

Minnesota law requires that docks and lifts be allowed to dry for at least 21 days before being placed in another body of water, whether aquatic invasive species are present or not.

Zebra mussels can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes.

People should contact the area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if they think they have found zebra mussels or any other invasive species that has not already been confirmed in a lake.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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