There’s reason to believe that people are being responsible and cooperating in the effort to keep zebra mussels from the waters of Kandiyohi County.
Last summer’s inspection program at lake accesses found very high levels of compliance on the part of boaters.
Trained inspectors found that 97 percent of the boats checked were in compliance with the state’s drain plug law. It requires that plugs be removed and boats drained when they are being transported between lakes. The inspectors were working under the auspices of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Kandiyohi County and the Middle Fork of the Crow River Watershed District.
Inspectors with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office reported a compliance rate of 99 percent last year, up a couple of percentage points from the year before.
Nick Brown, Invasive Species Specialist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, reported on the findings at the Hawk Creek Watershed annual meeting on March 7 in Willmar.
He said trained personnel conducted 3,509 inspections at 15 different lake accesses in the county last year. Most of the inspections took place on Green Lake, which sees the highest traffic volume of watercraft of all types.
The Minnesota DNR fisheries staff in Spicer also helped out with inspections at six fishing tournaments held on Green Lake last year.
This year the Green Lake Property Owners Association is looking to bolster the prevention efforts with the use of a power washer. It will be available to decontaminate watercraft before they are launched.
It is expected to be stationed in Spicer.
The power washer uses a pressurized stream of 140 degree water to effectively kill and remove invasive species that may be hitching a ride. The 140 degree water is able to kill an adult zebra mussel in 10 seconds.