History

Zebra Mussel are native to the area of Eastern Europe and Western Russia.  They were introduced to our country via the shipping industry through the Great Lakes.  Once established, they quickly spread.

  • 1986 - Zebra Mussels found between Huron and Erie
  • 1988 - Monitoring of spread begins
  • 1990 - Congress passes the Non-indigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control (NANPC) act
  • 1992 - Established populations found in Mississippi River near Winona, MN
  • 1993 - Lake Superior listed as infested.
  • 1995 - Lower St. Croix River designated infested.
  • 2001 - Lake Pepin infested
  • 2003 - Populations found to have spread from Great Lakes to inland lakes.
  • 2005 - Populations established in Mille Lacs
  • 2007 - ZM populations found in lakes around St. Paul, Alexandria, and Prior Lake
  • 2009 - Pelican Lake in Ottertail County infested.
  • 2010 - Infestations found in:  Gull Lake in the Brainerd area, Lake Minnetonka and Red River near Wahpeton, ND
  • 2013 - Infestations found in:  Crow Wing Lake Chain, Sand and Little Sand (Itasca), Lake Winnipeg (Canada)
  • 2014 - Lake Melissa in Becker County infested
  • 2016 - Lake Sallie and Detroit Lake infested
  • 2018 - Floyd Lake infested
  • 2020 - Long Lake infested


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16 November 2020
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PRWD in the News

PRWD/MN DNR Zebra Mussel impact study

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Recent Water Levels
Detroit 1334.7 ft
Last Updated: 8/17/2020
Floyd(s) 1354.8 ft
Last Updated: 5/4/2020


Melissa 1329.093 ft
Last Updated: 8/17/2020
Sallie 1330.07 ft
Last Updated: 8/17/2020

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