7/28/2017 10:52:00 AM Comfort Lake now dealing with zebra mussels; check boats, trailers carefully
Comfort Lake is infested with zebra mussels. The first encounter with the invasive species was July 13 when a citizen sent a photo electronically to the Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District staff, with the caption, “Is this a zebra mussel?”
CLFLWD staff member Mike Sorensen said he knew the sender had attended an invasives identification course offered through area water quality agencies and she was already pretty certain what it was.
The next day about 13 volunteers, mostly members of the Comfort Lake Association, went onto the lake looking for zebra mussels and found them in five locations. Sorensen said the conclusion is the non-native mussels have established a good sized population to be so readily located.
The MN Department of Natural Resources has been brought into the loop and there’s a report being finalized by a limnologist research team on the lake’s situation. The aquatics invasive species response will be customized and resources directed to the situation, whenever the final data are available, Sorensen remarked.
If you boat on Comfort Lake be absolutley sure to clean off any particles, etc that are on your boat or trailer when you exit the water.
The lake is part of an extensive local program where the watershed district has partnered financially with Chisago County and its invasives inspection teams. But inspectors can’t be scheduled on site everyday, all day, and it’s up to boaters to make sure no mussels hitch a ride and spread to another lake.
Zebra mussels are quick to reproduce and they can monopolize food sources and wreak havoc on habitat needed for native aquatic species to thrive, upsetting a lake or river natural ecosystem.