- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LITTLE TRAVERSE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An environmental group says invasive quagga mussels have been found in an inland lake in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council reports the discovery is the first known confirmed presence of quagga mussels in an inland lake in Michigan. Research coordinator Kevin Cronk says a volunteer with AmeriCorps found the mussels in Crooked Lake in Emmet County roughly two weeks ago.

The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1KjVRgR ) reports the discovery was confirmed by the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

Quagga mussels are close relatives to zebra mussels and are a similar size. Both clog water pipes and cause maintenance problems.

Tip of the Mitt says boaters can stop the spread of the mussels by drying out and disinfecting their boats and trailers after using them.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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