Lake Natural Resource Manager Jim Franz shows boaters at Melvern
Marina samples of zebra mussel shells. Many boaters are still
just becoming aware of the nuisance species and how to prevent
it from spreading.
Jeremy Gaston | Editor
MELVERN—The result of routine testing followed by a confirmation
assessments last week have confirmed the presence of zebra mussels
at Melvern Lake.
Officials with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the nuisance species
presence in both Melvern Lake and Council Grove Reservoir June
29. Thirteen of the state’s reservoirs are now considered
“We expected Council Grove Reservoir because zebra mussels
naturally move downstream, and they were found in Council Grove
City Lake last July,” said KDWPT aquatic nuisance species
biologist Jason Goeckler. “The Melvern infestation is a
different story because it could have been prevented. I still
think we can prevent further spread of aquatic nuisance species
if lake users will follow a few basic precautions.”
Goeckler’s department received results from a positive sample
on June 25. They returned to Melvern Lake June 27 to take a second
set of samples to confirm the presence of veligers, zebra mussel
larvae. On June 29, they returned to the lake and confimed the
presence of developed mussels.
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