Conservation Minnesota

What’s up, doc? Zebra Mussels

DNR Photo

DNR Photo

It’s hard to believe summer is coming to a close.  Every year, time at the cabins 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 waters.

Checking lakes for invasive species like Zebra Mussels 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 you remove, you can really help check for zebra mussels – 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).  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  We will then get in touch with the DNR for you and help to identify if the unusual item is a zebra mussel or something else.

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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