“They’re just a nuisance” Okoboji business reacts to the growing Zebra Mussel population

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KCAU) – An invasive species continues to impact the Iowa Great Lakes with no signs of relief. The Iowa Great Lakes have been dealing with zebra mussels in its waterways. They’re considered an invasive species and have been damaging to the surrounding environment.

Blake Poock has been dealing with zebra mussels for a long time.

“Yeah, it was the last five years they kind of started coming around and then each year, it progressively got worse and worse, so definitely affecting the lakes and some of the boats and equipment around here,” said Blake Poock of Okoboji Boat Works.

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He said the growing population is negatively affecting his boating business and customers.

“Yeah, it’s just an extra, extra deal with cleaning of course. They’re just a nuisance. People swimming get cut up, they’re like, kind of like razor blades….

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