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Three lake associations sue Minnesota DNR over zebra mussels

Three lake associations have sued the Minnesota DNR for failing to establish an effective program to keep zebra mussels out of three Carver County lakes.

Three lake associations have sued the Minnesota DNR for failing to establish an effective program to keep zebra mussels out of three Carver County lakes.

The associations represent Lake Bavaria, Christmas Lake and Lotus Lake.

The suit also alleges that pollution and impairment of the three lakes is likely because the DNR doesn’t require inspection of boats.

Joe Shneider, president of the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association, said in a statement:

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“There are proven, scalable, cost-effective solutions to stop the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species, but the [DNR] Commissioner has not allowed them to be implemented.”

And, he said, “The DNR’s statewide  aquatic invasive species prevention program continues to fail and unless something is done, every popular lake will get every new invasive species.”

The lake associations note that more and more lakes in the state are becoming infested with zebra mussels, including Prior Lake and bays in Lake Minnetonka.