- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says zebra mussels have spread to another lake in the western Twin Cities area.

The Star Tribune reports (https://strib.mn/1pFc5nx ) the DNR said Tuesday that Lake Independence is infested. The announcement comes days after the agency confirmed infestations in Lake Waconia (wah-KOH’-nee-uh) and White Bear Lake, also in the metro area.

The Lake Independence Citizens Association president says the DNR is moving too slowly to combat the invasive species.

DNR staff say they’re responding as quickly as they can with limited resources. DNR aquatic invasive species specialist Keegan Lund says the lakes are some of the most heavily used in the area and the agency is preventing the mussels from spreading.

Zebra mussels have infested nearly 200 Minnesota waterways. Most of the state’s nearly 12,000 lakes aren’t affected.


Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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