Zebra Mussels Alert

posted Sep 2, 2014, 7:11 PM by Lake Iroquois Association
Lake Iroquois needs your help!

Zebra Mussels have been detected on a boat/trailer leaving Lake Iroquois.  The LIA is very concerned that these invasive mussels may populate Lake Iroquois.

Since Zebra Mussels attach to hard surfaces, they often clog water intake pipes, and create sharp surfaces on docks and boats.  The mussels also make it difficult to enjoy water sports, especially wading and swimming, because of the sharp edges of the mussels attached to rocks on the bottom of the lake and elsewhere.

It would be very helpful if boaters and property owners would routinely inspect boats, docks, rafts, and other hard surfaces throughout the summer season. In addition, a key time to look for them is at the end of the season when structures are removed from the water.  Careful inspection of the undersides of docks and floats, boats, buoys and water lines may reveal attached Zebra Mussels.

Zebra Mussels are roughly thumbnail sized, triangular in shape, and usually are striped. For photographs, go to http://www.vtwaterquality.org/lakes/htm/ans/lp_ans-index.htm

If a suspicious mussel is found, the best approach is to collect it and call the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation at 802-490-6120. If it cannot be collected, carefully mark and record the location, and take a photograph if possible.  Please also notify any LIA board member if anything is found.

Thank you all for your contributions to the health of Lake Iroquois.

 

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