Another invasive species has been found in Central Wisconsin, and that’s not good news for recreational water users in the Waupaca area.
The Department of Natural Resources is confirming that zebra mussels have recently been found in the Waupaca area chain of lakes.
DNR Warden Ted Dremmel says countless volunteers and the area lake association spent hundreds of hours on boat landings along the chain, informing boaters on how to prevent the spread of the invasive species. As a result, he says the discovery of zebra mussels in the water is a little disheartening.
In east central Wisconsin, the mussels have been found in the Lake Winnebago system and others. Dremmel says he worries about the part of the chain of lakes that gets a lot less activity from humans, since it could damage the more wilderness areas further up the chain.
Dremmel says there is no known way to get rid of the zebra mussels.
AUDIO: Jack Barry reports (1:31)