The identification of zebra mussels in Lake Mendota in Madison was the result of a class project from UW-Madison.
DNR aquatic invasive species coordinator BobWakeman says one bright note is only five percent of Wisconsin lakes are susceptible to zebra mussels. He says most lakes don't have enough calcium in the water to enable the mussels making protective shells. But he says it is a wakeup call to be vigilant against aquatic invasives...
"....remove plants, drain water, inspect it, and don't move live fish from one lake to another lake...."
Zebra mussels feed on suspended algae needed by other organisms and disrupt the food chain for many fish species. Wakeman says they partner with groups statewide that monitor hundreds of lakes and rivers each year.