A zebra mussel control research project is planned for this summer in two Lake Minnetonka bays.
The research project aims to evaluate the use of low-dose copper treatments to manage zebra mussel populations by suppressing their early life stages. St. Alban’s Bay will be the treated area and Robinson Bay will be the control area, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District’s website says.
The project is scheduled to start in early May at which time researchers will position five lighted buoys and submerged zebra mussel samplers in each bay, a fact sheet on the project says. Researchers plan to do a 10-day treatment period in late July, and will wrap up the entire project in October.
Preliminary research by the University of Minnesota and Minnehaha Creek Watershed District showed “promising results” from using low-dose copper treatments on young zebra mussels, the fact sheet says.
The project is being led by the United States Geological Survey in coordination with University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. Funding for the project is provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Funds.