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Iowa boaters urged to help stop spread of zebra mussels

Posted: 12:09 PM, Aug 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-17 17:09:48Z

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is asking boat owners to take several steps to help stop the spread of invasive zebra mussels .

Z ebra mussels were found earlier this summer in Lake Cunningham and could force officials to drain the lake .  

Iowa boat owners are being asked to:

  • Clean all mud, plants, and animals from your boat and equipment before you leave the water.
  • Drain all the water from the boat and equipment
  • Dry everything it touched, including people and pets.
  • Avoid releasing fish, animals or plants into the water unless they came from that same body of water; and empty all unwanted bait in the trash.

Then before going to another lake or river, the Iowa DNR recommends boaters take these steps:

  • Spray down your boat with high-pressure, hot water.
  • After the spray down, let it dry for at least five days.