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SHOREWOOD, Minn. - Zebra mussels have been found at the public boat access to Christmas Lake in Shorewood, according to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

The mussels were located on Saturday, officials said. Staff found four zebra mussels attached to the district's zebra mussel sampler that is suspended in the water below the public access dock. They found additional zebra mussels on rocks underwater and along the shoreline at the launch site.

The zebra mussels were between two and six millimeters in size, indicating they were likely born this year.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed their presence. The MCWD and the DNR are working with others to plan a rapid response in the hopes of preventing the spread lakewide.

Officials credit the district's aggressive early detection monitoring for the discovery.

Learn more at www.minnehahacreek.org/ais.

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