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Report of zebra mussel on Green Lake investigated

SPICER, Minn. - A report than an adult zebra mussel was found on a dock post on the southeast side of Green Lake is being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The “rapid response” investigation Tuesday included an extensive search of private docks and public boat landings on the lake in Kandiyohi County.

“This is standard protocol with every report we get. We investigate it,” said Ann Pierce, DNR section manager for the Division of Ecological and Water Resources.

Pierce said late Tuesday afternoon that a report had not yet been filed by DNR officer Nick Brown, the aquatic invasive species specialist conducting the investigation on Green Lake.

Until that report is completed, Pierce said she couldn’t comment on whether the zebra mussel was verified.

Terry Frazee, executive secretary of the Green Lake Property Owners Association board and a member of Kandiyohi County’s new Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force, said the search was in response to a resident who brought what is believed to be a single zebra mussel to the local DNR office.

The suspected zebra mussel was reportedly found on a post on the man’s dock Monday.

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