Bill Schaefer, a DNR Level 1 inspector, inspected boats prior to their launch at the Lawrence Lake boat launch on Memorial Day weekend. By educating the public, as well as by inspecting watercraft, the growing effort is to prevent further spread of damaging invasive animals and plants.
Each zebra mussel (ZM) can filter a liter of water each day; an adult female can produce one million offspring in a season, which grow to adult in about a year. They can each live for more than five years.
ZMs are able to cling to surfaces (unlike native mussels) and thus can transport between waters of the nation. Many large lakes are infested, which means major concerns for the rest of the state.
Schaefer is one of the seasonal employees of Crooked Lake Township (CLT), hired through Employee Resource Center of Brainerd, and paid by a combination of DNR funding, CLT funds and the monies of the respective lake associations. The city of Emily is also engaged in a similar DNR grant effort.
More help is needed and openings exist for paid and volunteer support. To explore summer employment, contact Chad at ercstaffing.com or call 218-824-9675.
For local lake associations, contact either leadership, Ed Evans in CLT or Art Patterson in Emily for more details.