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Should channels close to boats? County wants feedback on idea to stop zebra mussels

Douglas County will host two "community input meetings" to present information and receive feedback on zebra mussels in local lakes.

Speakers will also discuss potential methods to limit their spread, such as channel restrictions between lakes.

The meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

•Friday, May 14 - LaGrand Town Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

•Monday, May 17 - Discovery Middle School Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.

All residents are invited to attend.

The meetings are a joint effort between Douglas County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to present information on zebra mussels, including their life cycle, how they spread, their impact to lakes and property, and the current extent of their infestation.

The presentation will also include an overview of actions being taken to educate the public and limit the spread.

The county will be taking public comment on potential further actions to limit the spread on the Alexandria area chain of lakes.

Specifically, the county is considering restricting watercraft passage between Lakes Cowdry and Darling, and Victoria and Geneva.

Zebra mussels were first discovered in the Alexandria lakes area in June 2009 - first in Lake L'Homme Dieu and later in Lake Geneva and Lake Carlos.

A total of seven Douglas County lakes have been designated as infested waters after the first initial discovery. The lakes include L'Homme Dieu, Jessie, Victoria, Geneva, Carlos, Darling and Alvin.

For more information about the meetings:

•Phone: David Rush at Douglas County Land and Resource Management at (320) 762-3863.

•E-mail: Land and Resource Management at