Milford is Infected!

Discussion in 'KANSAS LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by Dsage, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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    Zebra mussels invade Milford Lake
    After boating at Milford Reservoir Nov. 16, a diligent boater was following the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks' "clean, drain, dry" protocol for fighting the spread of zebra mussels when he discovered a few of the aquatic species on his boat. He immediately called KDWP staff, who found two adult mussels in the water where the boater had pulled out.
    "At first, we considered a localized rapid response treatment of that part of the lake," said Jason Goeckler, KDWP aquatic nuisance specialist. "We had sampled the lake in October and found no zebra mussels, so it initially seemed that a localized treatment might be helpful. However, we surveyed again and found another adult mussel in the middle of the lake, so at this point we have to consider this a lakewide infestation.
    "This is an unfortunate situation that happens all too frequently, but we are very grateful to the alert boater for following protocol and notifying the department," Goeckler added. "There are way fewer biologists than boaters, and we really rely on them to help monitor our lakes and keep them (nuisance) free. This boater serves as an example for all Kansas boaters, and we thank him. His discovery is the latest call to action for boaters and all lake users." Zebra mussels did not infest Milford on their own, the KDWP says. Other than downstream movement, they can only be spread by human movement. One irresponsible lake user can transport mussels from an infested lake to another water body.
     
  2. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Thats old news Dan.:wink::smile2:
    It was just a matter of time, I am suprised it took this long.
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2009

  3. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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    Perry lake was the last lake we needed infected. That lake see alot of people that just do not care about things other than cruz'n the lake and drinking. I think this has something to do about the spread of the zebra's so fast to other lakes.
     
  4. n2fishn

    n2fishn New Member

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    The signs are up at Milford state boat ramp warning of these little SOB's.:sad2::angry::confused2::angry:

    Guys don't be alarmed.They are now in about every lake in Kansas.:sad2:It was just a manner of time.
     
  5. team salmon

    team salmon New Member

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    I'm currious to know if they are capable of attaching to migratory birds such as I've been told fish eggs will do? Does anyone know if this is something that does or does not happen?
     
  6. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    Briteside the channel cats, drum and other fish do eat them.