-more detail on zebra mussels in Whitefish Chain
-details on search for early discovery of Eurasian watermilfoil
Zebra mussels were discovered in lakes at both ends of the Whitefish Chain—Lower Hay and Cross in July 2013.
All 13 lakes in the Chain have now been designated as infested waters.
Fortunately, WAPOA-sponsored professional inspections (August 2013) in the Whitefish Chain did not find any evidence of the invasive Eurasian watermilfoil plant.
The 14 lakes of the Whitefish Chain, like other area lakes, are at risk for the introduction of invasive species.
Eurasian watermilfoil and/or the zebra mussels are currently found in the following area lakes: Gull, Pelican, North Long, Gilbert, Kimble, Ossawinnamakee, Mille Lacs, Bay, Leech, and Winnibigoshish. And now the Whitefish Chain with zebra mussels.
In an effort to prevent the spread of invasive species, WAPOA continues an aggressive program of public education and paid and volunteer watercraft inspectors at boat accesses.
In 2013 we paid for 2,600 hours of inspections on the 7 major accesses on the Whitefish Chain.
In 2014 we are continuing our program of paying for inspections of boats at lake accesses.
In addition, WAPOA pays for inspections of over 35 one-acre water areas surrounding high risk boat accesses looking for invasive plants.
If an inspection would find an early infection with Eurasian watermilfoil we would aggressively treat the initial infested area if advised and permitted to do so by the DNR.