Game and Parks says the microscopic young zebra mussels, known as veligers, were detected in a water sample taken from Glenn Cunningham Lake in late May. No adult zebra mussels have been found in the lake.
Officials will begin taking samples for adult zebra mussels at boat ramps, on rocks, and on other hard structures over the next several weeks. At present, Glenn Cunningham Lake is only considered a suspect water body. If an adult is found, the lake will be listed as infested.
The zebra mussel population has been expanding in the Missouri River downstream from Gavins Point Dam. Boats taken from the Missouri and used in Nebraska lakes have become a problem in spreading the population. Lewis and Clark Lake, Lake Yankton, and Offutt Base Lake are the only Nebraska waters with known established zebra mussel populations.
Zorinsky Lake and Carter Lake in the Omaha area are suspect water bodies.
Zebra mussels can cause great harm to lakes, including increasing unwanted vegetation and clogging water pipes.
Boaters are urged to clean their vessels once they take them from one body of water to another. There is no effective treatment to get rid of zebra mussels.
Boaters and anglers are encouraged to follow the Clean, Drain and Dry protocol to prevent the spread of zebra mussels. Visit neinvasives.com for details.