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Spicer Group Tries to Stop Spread of Zebra Mussels

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SPICER, Minn. (AP) – A group of lakeshore owners in west-central Minnesota are researching a new approach to fighting the spread of invasive zebra mussels across the state.

The West-Central Tribune reports the Green Lakes Property Owners Association in Spicer is teaming with Minnesota Waters, which represents lakes associations across the state.

Terry Frazee with the Green Lakes Property Owners Association says a commercial product called Zeaquanox offers the promise of helping control the invasive species.

He says the product contains bacteria which are toxic to zebra and quagga mussels, but safe for native mussel, fish, waterfowl and people.

Power companies are already using the product to keep water intake pipes free of the invasive mussels. The research project will see if it’s also effective when diluted throughout a lake.

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

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