Corn and soybeans are starting to grow. They need water and the farmers ares starting to pump from Cane River. Now, the question is can Red River water be pumped into the Cane? As JT understands it, the pumps are ready, but there is a problem with the screens. The screens are needed to keep the invasive Zebra Mussel out.
JT has no idea what is bad about the Zebra Mussel, above, but it doesn’t sound good.
So JT did what everyone else does, he Googled it and found this:
WHAT ARE ZEBRA MUSSELS? Zebra mussels are a small, destructive invasive species that can spread across lakes by hitching a ride on boats and trailers. They grow to only about 1 ½ inches and develop a distinctive zebra-striped shell. One zebra mussel can produce up to one million microscopic larvae. Zebra mussels can cause tremendous environmental and economic damage – hurting aquatic life, damaging your boat, hindering water recreation and even threatening your water supply.
So basically they are aquatic hitchhikers.
JT hopes the screen problem can be solved before the river is pumped so low that it affects boating. Remember, not too long ago the river was pumped so low that one could walk across it in many places.
JT hopes the pumps are pumping before the Fourth of July. The year the water was so low all the boats moved to Sibley Lake and there was not enough water in the lake to handle them all.