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Zebra mussels out-muscle Minnesota DNR

The invasive species has now infested more than 60 lakes across the state, MPR reports. Minnesota has about 3,000 public access points to lakes and rivers, but the Minnesota DNR has only 118 inspectors charged with keeping invasive species out of the lakes and rivers. The DNR says about 20 percent of boaters they check are violating laws by not pulling boat plugs, draining water or removing weeds from their vessels.
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is under siege by invasive species like zebra mussels, MPR reports.

The numbers simply are not in the DNR's favor. The zebra mussels have now infested more than 60 lakes across the state, MPR says. In recent days, the presence of zebra mussels was detected in two more lakes: Lake Minnewaska and Lake Emily, south of Alexandria, the West Central Tribune reports.

The state has about 3,000 public access points to lakes and rivers, but the Minnesota DNR has only 118 inspectors charged with keeping invasive species out of the lakes and rivers, MPR says. Here's a look at aquatic invasive species and the environmental impact they have on Minnesota waterways (DNR video):

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