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Letter: Lake Mitchell's about to get a new problem

Now that zebra mussels have made their way into Lake Mitchell, it’s only a matter of time before they multiply rapidly and start to become a problem.

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To the Editor:

Who or what will take credit for the eventual clean water in Lake Mitchell?

Now that zebra mussels have made their way into Lake Mitchell, it’s only a matter of time before they multiply rapidly and start to become a problem. And they’re extremely hard to get rid of.

One fingernail sized zebra mussel (the same mussel that helped cleaned up the Great Lakes) can filter 1 liter of algae-ridden water per day, so it’s only a matter of time before Lake Mitchell will have the clean, clear water that the city has spent millions of tax dollars to achieve.

Only problem is the zebra mussels, with their razor sharp shells, attach themselves to everything: boat motors, intake pipes, dock legs, rocks. Pretty much anything.

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So now the people that wanted to spend millions to try and clean up the lake will get what they wanted, but at what cost? Only time will tell. So now the question is: Will the city of Mitchell spend the multi-millions of dollars to try and clean up the lake, or maybe use that money to try and get rid of the zebra mussels? Or both?

Stewart Hanson

Mitchell

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