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Published on Nov 21, 2016
Did You Know? An invasive species native to Southern Russia now poses a great threat to the ecology and economics of our area.
Zebra Mussels, which are carried into freshwater ports by oceanic ships, have now infested bodies of water around the world, including the Iowa Great Lakes.
These aquatic hitchhikers adhere to boats, hoists, and docks, leaving behind sharp shells and blocking pipelines for municipal water supplies. And with no natural predators in the Iowa Great Lakes, Zebra Mussels reproduce rapidly, taking food from other native species and disrupting the Lakes ecosystem.
You can help! Before leaving any water access, be sure to clean weeds and debris from your boat, remove drain plugs and leave them out while traveling, and only dispose of unused bait in the trash. You may also consider volunteering as a boat ramp monitor to help inform others.
Your Iowa Great Lakes Association has been fighting hard since 2008 to promote public awareness and stop the spread of Zebra Mussels. Join us at I.A. Great Lakes dot org to learn more about this and other invasive species threatening our Iowa Great Lakes.