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Posted Wed Feb 2 2011: from West Central Tribune, Willmar, Minnesota:
Not enough being done to prevent zebra mussels spread in local lakes; potential to be 'biggest bombshell' ever for county
If anything is going to be done to prevent invasive species like zebra mussels from entering county lakes, it may have to be done locally. Kandiyohi County Commissioner Dennis Peterson said legislators do not understand how serious the problem is and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is procrastinating and not taking necessary action. The end result will most surely be a disastrous infestation of zebra mussels that could cause property values around high-priced lakes like Green Lake to plummet, he said. A 30 percent drop in property values is already happening on lakes near Alexandria where zebra mussels have been found, Peterson said. If that happens here it will be the "biggest bombshell this county has ever seen," said Peterson, who's afraid that it may already be too late to prevent zebra mussels from entering Green Lake. During a report Tuesday at the County Board of Commissioners' meeting, Peterson said it's time for local lake associations and residents to "really raise heck."
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