Annual testing showed 110 lakes in Kansas were free of zebra mussel larvae.
“These results are encouraging, and I hope this success means that lake users in Kansas are more aware of how to prevent the movement of zebra mussels by cleaning, draining, and drying their boats and equipment before recreating at another lake,” said Chris Steffen, KDWPT aquatic nuisance species coordinator. “I am particularly excited because remembering to clean, drain and dry prevents the spread of not only zebra mussels, but also other harmful aquatic species that threaten our waters now and in the future. We urge everyone who uses our lakes and rivers to keep up the good work.”
In Kansas, 30 lakes with zebra mussels have been identified. This includes Cheney Reservoir, Lake Afton, and El Dorado Lake. Several rivers have also been found to have the mussels.
More information on nuisance species and how to fight their spread can be found here.