Zebra mussels found in Iowa lakes

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Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 am

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — Juvenile zebra mussels have shown up attached to boat hoists removed this fall from East Okoboji, West Okoboji and Lower Gar lakes. This discovery comes after juvenile zebra mussels were found in East Okoboji Lake and Upper Gar Lake last fall.

Summer monitoring for zebra mussels resulted in little evidence of an expanding population, but effective sampling is difficult when populations are low. It is required by law for boaters to remove all invasive species and to drain all water from boats and equipment before leaving the water.

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