On July 23rd, the DNR confirmed that 3 live adult Zebra Mussels were found at the south access on Long Lake. The Long Lake Area Association (LLAA) immediately sent information to all lake shore owners. At this point the LLAA Board is continuing to consult with personnel from the DNR, RMB Environment Laboratories, (which analyze our water testing), and other experts.
The board has an action plan to help guide our decisions going forward. The first part of the action plan is to measure the extent of the problem (with the help of lake shore owners) and to communicate with the public. We need everyone to help us locate where the Zebra Mussels are on Long Lake.
As a part of the communication plan, we will be posting 3 blogs to answer key questions.
First Question: What does a zebra mussel look like?
For more information about Zebra Mussels: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquaticanimals/zebramussel/index.html
Learn to ID Zebra Mussels
https://www.longlakeliving.org/p/ais-identification.html This page should be viewable on your phone to use when you are on the lake. If you find a zebra mussel attached to vegetation, take a picture, note the location. If you can use the GPS on your phone; otherwise take a picture of the nearest cabin or dock. Call or text our certified AIS detectors, Sharon Natzel at 763-355-7908 or Jim Blodgett at 651-395-9317. Remember that owners are not liable if a zebra mussel is found on their equipment.
MN DNR Zebra Mussel pdf
PS: Remember we need your help.
Please read our next two posts as they become available.