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Posted Fri Oct 7 2011: from KSAX:
DNR Chemically Treats Zebra Mussel Infested Water in Otter Tail County
FRAZEE, Minn. (KSAX) - The Department of Natural Resources took an aggressive step to stop the spread of zebra mussels in Rose Lake in Otter Tail County Thursday. For the first time in the state the DNR attempted to control a small population of zebra mussels by chemically treating the infested body of water with copper sulfate. The pesticide commonly used to kill algae, has not been effective in killing large, established mussel populations, but DNR Invasive Species Specialist, Nathan Olson said the population in Rose Lake is juvenile and contained and has a much better chance or working.... The 10 acre area costs the DNR approximately $14,000 to treat. Although the price is high, Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations Vice President, Terry Kalil said it will cost the community much more if the spread isn't controlled. "We're not going to have a tourism industry left; it's that simple," Kalil said, "Our property value is going to plummet. There's not going to be people coming to the lakes."
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