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Ruth Lake Improvement District works to stop zebra mussels

From left are John Rowell, Roosevelt And Lawrence Area Lakes Association board member; Level 2 inspectors Art Patterson, Ruth Lake Improvement District (RLID) president and Emily aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention leader, and Randy Rohwer, RLID board member; and Connor Doede, the Department of Natural Resources AIS inspector intern who was stationed at Lake Roosevelt on Saturday, May 28.

On Thursday, May 26, members of the Ruth Lake Improvement District (RLID) in Emily, along with a couple of trained people from Crooked Lake Township, completed Department of Natural Resources Level 2 training for decontaminating watercraft.

On Friday, May 27, and Sunday, May 29, the RLID crew was set up in downtown Emily. On Saturday, May 28, the crew was at Roosevelt Lake.

The mission is to power clean boats and to help stop the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species. Crooked Lake Township will also have more sites visited in the future, and more work continues with Level 1 inspectors and remote monitoring devices (ILIDS and car counters) set-up at the area launches.