Zebra mussels have made their way on to Long Lake. Our science team has been on the lookout for these pesky little creatures. We thought we may have dodged a bullet as our calcium levels are low in the lake and that is what is needed to grow the zebra mussels shells. Without rivers and streams flowing into our lakes the only way for these creatures to come is by hitching a ride on the hull of a boat, outdrive, sea plane, live well, and ballast tanks.
Unfortunately, there is no known predator of zebra mussels. Zebra mussels multiple quickly and can be sharp to the hands feet of humans. It appears that the zebra mussels are only starting to come on to Long Lake.
We need to be vigilant on washing our boats as they come in from other lakes like East and West Bay and other neighboring lakes with the invasive creature.
Here is an article from the Colorado Division of Wildlife explaining how to treat ballast tanks.