Video demonstrates how boaters can help stop spread of aquatic nuisance species
PRATT -- Zebra mussels have spread to six Kansas lakes (Lake Afton, Winfield City Lake, and Cheney, El Dorado, Marion, and Perry reservoirs), with John Redmond Reservoir and Coffey County Lake pending further tests. But as the boating season comes to a close, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) staff emphasize how easy and necessary it is for all lake users to clean, drain, and dry their recreational equipment before moving from one lake to another.

Other than downstream movement, zebra mussels are spread only by humans, and as more people visit infested lakes, the likelihood of further spread increases. Following a few simple steps can help stop this spread, and a new KDWP online video clip shows the viewer how.

KDWP photographer Mike Blair has recently recorded a two-minute instructional video to demonstrate the steps required to prevent further aquatic nuisance species (ANS) spread. The video shows just how easy it is for boaters to follow three simple steps -- clean, drain, and dry -- that only take about five minutes. More detailed information on stopping the spread of zebra mussels is also included.

To view the video, go to the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Click "KDWP TV" at the top of the page, and the video will begin playing. For more information on aquatic nuisance species, phone Jason Goeckler at 620-342-0658 or email jasong@wp.state.ks.us.