Minnesota’s zebra mussel problem

They’ll attach to just about anything they can get a grip on and they don’t care who it hurts -whether that’s a boat, a child’s foot or the entire food chain. Zebra mussels have been a part of the Lake Minnetonka ecosystem since 2010. The small mussel is named for it’s striped outer shell and since its introduction to Lake Minnetonka seven years ago, it’s taken a toll on native populations.

According to Eric Fieldseth from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the tiny mollusk has killed off all the native mussels in Lake Minnetonka. He and researchers from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center are working on method to stop the same thing from happening elsewhere and it all starts with the microscopic, baby mussels.

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