Lake Carlos zebra mussel study produced results
Last year, controversy stirred over scientists testing the effects of Zequanox on zebra mussels in a mobile lab set up on the shores of Lake Carlos. Testing on Little Lake Darling in 2013 will be an expansion of that study.
In 2012, Zebra mussels were removed from Lake Carlos, along with lake water, and placed into containment units. The mussels were treated with Zequanox while in control bags. Zequanox is a biological product used to eliminate zebra mussels.
"Tests were highly successful in achieving mussel control," said Jim Luoma, study director with the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
As a result of the testing, Luoma's team discovered that lesser amounts of Zequanox can be used with an injection technique. A zebra mussel mortality rate in the upper 90th percentile was reported.
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Crystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.