The sight of sailboats and other watercraft on Glenn Cunningham Lake north of Omaha will be absent for the remainder of the season. Adult zebra mussels were found at the lake two weeks ago. Omaha Parks and Recreation Director Brook Bench says that puts other bodies of water at a high risk of being infested. He says starting today, the lake will be closed to all watercraft.
Bench says, “The complete lake is not closed – just the boat ramp. We really want to restrict boaters coming in and out, possibly transferring the zebra mussels to other lakes so we closed it to watercraft. The remainder of the lake is open. The entrances are open. This pertains only to the actual boat ramp.”
The decision to close the ramp was a group effort among Nebraska Game and Parks, the City of Omaha, Nebraska Invasive Species Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Bench says they are now looking into a a long-term management strategy for the lake and how to get rid of the mussels.