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Mike Hawkins, Iowa DNR fisheries management biologist, explains how sampling plates are used to search for zebra mussels in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Zebra mussel discovered in Iowa Great Lakes

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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- Since this spring, sampling plates have been dangling from the bottom of navigation buoys throughout the Iowa Great Lakes so Department of Natural Resources staff can monitor for the appearance of zebra mussels, an invasive species that has plagued bodies of water not just in Iowa and Minnesota, but throughout at least 29 states across the U.S.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at www.farmbleat.areavoices.com.
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