Team of 29 volunteer divers and snorkelers did an enhanced assessment studying the population of zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka. First discovered in the Lower Lake at the end of July, the mussels have now been found in the Upper Lake. Zebra mussels are an ecological disaster for the lakes they invade due to the fact they are not native to the area and destroy the natural habitat. Finding an adult breeding population was the team’s priority, and finding juveniles the team knows there has to be a breeding adult population. With no eradication method, all the team can do is use the data collected to help prevent the spread into other lakes so far unaffected.
Juvenile zebra mussels.