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Kandiyohi County Official Warns of Zebra Mussel Threat

Zebra Mussels
Native Great Lakes unionid mussel encrusted with zebra mussels. (Photo by GLERL and NOAA)

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) – A Kandiyohi County commissioner says the state isn’t doing enough to try to stop the spread of zebra mussels in west-central Minnesota.

Commissioner Dennis Peterson says the Department of Natural Resources is failing to take necessary action. He predicts a disastrous infestation that could harm property values around popular waters like Green Lake.

Among other things, he says, a DNR report to legislators does not recommend raising fines enough against boaters who knowingly go from infested lakes to non-infested lakes without properly cleaning their boats.

The West-Central Tribune of Willmar reports Peterson spoke at a county board meeting Tuesday.

Luke Skinner, supervisor of the DNR’s invasive species program, said Wednesday many proposals from a stakeholders group that included Peterson require the Legislature to approve more authority and funding. He says the DNR is working to move those ideas forward.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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