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    Zebra mussel question

    I知 new to the sport. Last weekend, I scouted out a new to me COE park. There is a sign posted in the parking lot, warning that Zebra mussel are known to be in the lake. Should I avoid this lake this summer? I知 sure while I知 cruising the lake at 30 - 40, they can稚 cling to my PWC. The only time I知 stationary is while launching or loading. If I inspect my craft after being on the lake, should I be ok?

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    PWCToday Regular MrScudder's Avatar
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    Re: Zebra mussel question

    Drain at the ramp, if there's a hose rinse off there. Be sure to clean when you get home and thoroughly inspect so you don't spread them.

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    Re: Zebra mussel question

    After the ride, completely drain and dry the ski, zero water in the hull, towel it out if necessary.
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    Resident Guru bird's Avatar
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    Re: Zebra mussel question

    The biggest thing for a jet ski is to clear out the sitting water in the exhaust, engine, waterbox, bilge, and pump.

    "Veliger larvae may also be transported in the "residual water" remaining inside boat compartments when trailered boats are moved between waterways."

    That being said Zebra mussels are here to stay, and the sooner your local ecosystem adapts to them the better. I grew up on the Mississippi River where they were prolific all through the 1990s. Then they exhausted their food source by cleaning up the waterways and became part of the food chain.

    Today I am lucky to see a Zebra mussel out on the main channel of the Miss.
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