Letter - AIS in lakes needs education and management
To the editor:
The area lakes with zebra mussels have never had better water clarity and now have some of the best game fishing in years. Yet no one mentions the positive aspects of zebra mussels.
While scuba diving in Lake L'Homme Dieu, I have seen a decrease in zebra mussels over the last few years and a significant die-off this year. It is once again a beautiful, clear lake with great fishing. There has also been a major comeback of native snails and unfortunately the return of lake itch. Mother Nature is doing a great job of controlling the zebra mussels. This natural die-off is happening in many lakes.
Let's be clear. It is not a matter of if zebra mussels will get into a lake, but when. Even if you close all of the boat landings, they will still spread. The zebra mussel larvae is microscopic and can be spread by anything or anyone. More decontamination stations at the boat landings will not help. All it does is harass innocent boaters and tourists. There are more productive ways to use our money and resources.
Each lake handles zebra mussels differently. Some lakes will have natural die-offs and others might need some "in water" management. This needs to be about education and management, not about fear and harassment.