Zebra mussel inspections could prove very costly

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 13, 2012 - 4:17 PM

Scores of inspection stations would be needed to lower the risk that zebra mussels will spread. Annual cost: $10 million to $28 million, and possibly more.

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jsthappy2bhrMar. 14, 12 1:56 PM

the state needs to look into making the shipping industry pay for these programs since it can be proved they are the original culprits for these problems, making joe sixpack and boaters pay exorbinate amounts of money to boat is unfair. it is concievable every time a person takes their boat on the road they could run into a check station and could be inspected every time and never have been in a "red" sticker lake

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beerguyMar. 14, 12 2:42 PM

We need to do whatever it takes to prevent the spread of zebra mussels. Once a lake is infested there is no going back. I own a boat and would be willing to pay a higher fee in order to prevent their spread. I also think legacy fund money should be used. Why wait until it's too late and then spend evern more in an attempt to eradicate them?

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rshacklefordMar. 16, 12 5:17 AM

"beerguy: We need to do whatever it takes to prevent the spread of zebra mussels. Once a lake is infested there is no going back." ---- Sorry to say but these 'smaller than can be seen' animals will spread everywhere eventually. As with the case of the 'invasive jumping carp,' a genetic solution is required. Spraying down a boat may get rid of 99.99% of them but the 0.01% remaining can create a colony in no time at all.

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