Zebra Mussels Located in Lake Hiawatha

Zebra Mussels Photo: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Zebra Mussels

June 13, 2018 01:09 PM

*Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story listed Lake Nokomis as having zebra mussels. Lake Nokomis is listed on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Infested Water List for Zebra Mussels.  However, Nokomis being on the list is due to it being connected to Minnehaha Creek, not due to actual zebra mussels being found in Lake Nokomis.  In fact, the Minneapolis Sailing Organization Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan 2018 specifically states “no zebra mussels have been found” in Lake Nokomis. 

After it was confirmed zebra mussels were found in Lake Harriet in September, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation board said says the invasive species has been located in at least one more Minneapolis lake. 


"Already in 2018 ... we've already have four violations of people trying to bring zebra mussels into the lakes," Deb Pilger, with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation board, said.

RELATED: Solitary Zebra Mussel Found in Lake Harriet 

The invasive species has now been located in Lake Hiawatha.

Officials say boat inspection units at boat launches at the lakes is key to fighting the invasive species. Pilger says the Park Board believes its work with the inspectors will help educated people on the issue. 

RELATED: Minnesota Researchers First to Try New Method to Kill Zebra Mussels 

Fines related to the transportation of aquatic invasive species 

  • Transportation of aquatic plants: $100 civil penalty or misdemeanor
  • Transportation of zebra mussels and other prohibited species of animals: $500 or misdemeanor
  • Attempting to place a boat, seaplane or trailers with aquatic plants into state waters: $200 or misdemeanor
  • Attempting to place a boat, seaplane or trailers with zebra mussels or other animals into state waters: $500 or misdemeanor 



Todd Wilson

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