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New Tactic in Fight Against Zebra Mussels
To protect the waters of the Twin Cities’ largest and most popular lake from invasive species, researchers are using Minnetonka as the testing ground for a new study. Crews this week started testing low doses of a copper-based pesticide on zebra mussel larvae — called “veligers” — to kill them off and slow their spread.

The results could help public agencies and lake advocates control the spread of the invasives on other lakes across Minnesota, shifting the focus from killing off all the pests to keeping their numbers at bay.


 
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Boaters Work to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species - Eighty-seven percent of boaters and anglers said they remove plants from their boat before leaving the land in 2010 compared to 76 percent in 2009. Adopting this practice is important because boat traffic between lakes is the primary way that aquatic invasive plants such as Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curly-Leaf Pondweed spread to new, uninfected lakes.


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