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Dakota Midday: Fighting Aquatic Invasive Species

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Amy Benson US Geological Survey
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South Dakota was one of the last states east of the Rocky Mountains to be free of invasive zebra and quagga mussels. But that changed last fall. A single adult zebra mussel was detected at the Midway Boat Ramp on the Missouri River's Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton. Larval quagga mussels were discovered in water samples collected in the Cheyenne River's Angostura Reservoir.

To help stop the spread of these and other invasive species and vegetation, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks has new rules and regulations for boaters and anglers. Mike Smith is statewide Aquatic Invasive Species coordinator. He joined Dakota Midday and discussed the problems with invasive species and efforts to stop them.

For more information visit www.sdleastwanted.com