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INVASIVE SPECIES

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The animals offer a nontoxic alternative to pesticides for removing the small tree, which outcompetes native plants.
The pest found its way to Pennsylvania in 2014. It has now appeared in 12 states.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Bowen Lake, near Backus in Cass County and in Turtle River Lake, near the city of Turtle River in Beltrami County.
The flooded mine is where Biwabik gets its drinking water.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that Lake Koronis has a confirmed report of zebra mussels. A fishing guide snagged a zebra mussel on Lake Koronis on July 8. The lake became the first in Minnesota infested by starry stonewort when it was discovered in its waters in 2015.
"Growing Together" columnist Don Kinzler says our awareness of the invasive insect can help stop the spread.

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Spiny water fleas disrupt the aquatic food web and lead to a drop in walleye population.
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The Natural Resources Research Institute is researching best use of eDNA to detect zebra mussels and other invaders in Minnesota lakes.

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