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Zebra Mussels Discovered at Moorhead Red River Intake

Release Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Kevin Young, Water Plant Supervisor

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Zebra Mussels Discovered at Moorhead Red River Intake


On May 23, 2016, Moorhead Public Service received confirmation from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) that zebra mussels were discovered at the Red River intake and pumping station. The zebra mussels were discovered during routine maintenance being performed on pumping equipment. This discovery of adult zebra mussels comes nearly one year after an adult zebra mussel was found on an intake screen at the Fargo Red River intake.

In 2013, Moorhead Public Service completed construction of modifications to the Red River Pumping Station, which included the addition of an intake screen composed of a zebra mussel repellent alloy. A routine inspection completed in March 2016 showed that no zebra mussels were attached to the intake screen.

Additional information on zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species can be found on the MNDNR Web site at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquatic/index.html.

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