Gilbert Lake Association

September 25, 2014, Aquatic Invasive Species Update

Gilbert Lake Property Owners,

If you havenít heard yet, the big news on the lake this summer was the addition of Gilbert Lake to the list of waters infested with zebra mussels.  At this point, it appears that the infestation is in the early stages.  However, the zebra mussels found had grown to a size that indicates that they may have been in the lake for up to two years.

Now, more than ever, it is important to observe the rules in place to prevent the spread of zebra mussels from Gilbert Lake to surrounding waters.  Signs are now posted at the landing, and if you didnít notice, inspectors were at the landing during the summer months.

The easiest way to think about aquatic invasive species is to consider them like a cold or the flu.  The spread is preventable, and anything that you can do to prevent the spread is important.  A few points to note that will deter the spread of zebra mussels.

If you have friends and family that use the lake, make sure they understand what the infestation means to the next lake that they are launching their boat into.

Always drain your boat, live well and bait containers when leaving Gilbert, or any other lake.

Use certified lift and dock removal companies that understand the issue (I recently heard from the President of the Lake Hubert Association that he had to stop a dock barge that was trying to launch into the lake with visible zebra mussels on the barge).

As you pull your docks and lifts this fall, make sure to inspect them carefully for zebra mussels.  If you find any, please email and include a brief description of what you found and your address so the DNR can map the locations for later research and possibly treatments if they become available.

Sincerely, Todd Froemming
President, Gilbert Lake Association