Conservation Minnesota

What’s on your dock?

Make sure to check your boats and other water items for zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

Make sure to check your boats, docks, and other water items for  aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels.

It’s hard to believe the state fair is over, kids have started school, and summer is coming to an end. Every year, time at the cabin goes by more quickly, and each moment is more precious than the last. We know, that as a continued member of Conservation Minnesota, you care about our seasons, waters, and way of life here in Minnesota, and that is why we wanted to provide you with a quick and easy way to help ensure the health of our lakes and rivers.

Checking lakes for invasive species like Zebra Mussels and Starry Stonewort can sometimes feel difficult – do you have the right equipment? Do you know what to look for? Where do you start? Thankfully, it doesn’t need to be the difficult process some think.

If you have a dock, boat lift, or other items in the water that get removed, you can help check for zebra mussels and other invasive species – it’s quick and easy.

As you are removing your dock, lifts, and other items for the close of the season, please look them over carefully. Check for unusual items – especially ones that look like this (zebra mussels). Also check the water surrounding your items to make sure invasive plants or algae, such as starry stonewort, are not growing in the area. If you find anything, even if you aren’t sure what it is, take a picture and send a description along with your contact information to either or the Minnesota DNR. Together we can help to identify aquatic invasive species and keep our lakes and rivers healthy for generations to come.

Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.

About Paul Austin

Paul Austin

Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.

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