Zebra Mussel Control Research and Evaluation in Minnesota Waters

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
US Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Recipient Type
Federal Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2016
Counties Affected
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 06f
Appropriation Language

$600,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the United States Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, to assess the ecological impacts of a commercially available molluscicide formulation on the reproduction and development of native fish, as well as impacts on larval aquatic insect survival, and to evaluate the effectiveness of these treatment options for detection and control of zebra mussels. The United States Geologic Survey is not subject to the requirements in Minnesota Statutes, section 116P.10. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$600,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$600,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
9.43
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
ENRTF
Project Overview

Zebra mussels are an aquatic species that are invasive in Minnesota and severely threaten native fish and other aquatic species by disrupting food webs and damaging spawning habitat. Their range continues to expand within Minnesota lakes and rivers, where they are spread through the transporting of water, vegetation, or equipment from an infested water body. Once established zebra mussels are very difficult to control and there is an immediate need for safe and effective control measures to reduce their impacts in the state. Scientists at the United States Geological Survey are using this appropriation to assess the ecological impacts of a commercially available mollusicide formulation (Zequinox) showing some promise for the control of zebra mussels. Findings will be used to determine the extent to which this product can and should be used in Minnesota waters and, if so, to optimize treatment protocols and techniques to maximize zebra mussel control while minimizing undesirable impacts.

Project Manager
First Name
Jeff
Last Name
Meinertz
Organization Name
US Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Street Address
2630 Fanta Reed Rd
City
LaCrosse
State
WI
Zip Code
54603
Phone
(608) 781-6284
Email
jmeinertz@usgs.gov