USGS to Test New Weapon in Fight Against Zebra Mussels

Posted at: 06/17/2013 5:50 PM
Updated at: 06/17/2013 6:45 PM
By: Tim Sherno

The U.S. Geological Survey will begin testing a California made product called Zequanox that is designed to kill zebra mussels.

The test will be done in Lake Minnetonka later this summer at Robinson's Bay.

Richard Kiesling is a Hydrologist and Water Quality Specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Kiesling says Zequanox has proven effective in smaller bodies of water. The Lake Minnetonka test will measure success in a larger bodies of water.

"The real question is, how effective is it going to be in that environment," said Kiesling. 

According to the U.S.G.S., Zequanox has had effective kill rates between 85% and 97%. 

Test applications will begin in early September.