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INVASIVE ZEBRA MUSSELS DETECTED IN AQUARIUM MOSS BALLS

INVASIVE ZEBRA MUSSELS DETECTED IN AQUARIUM MOSS BALLS

RETAILERS AND CONSUMERS URGED TO TAKE ACTION TO PREVENT SPREAD

MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~  March 14, 2021  (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging Wisconsinites to immediately remove and properly dispose of commercially purchased "moss balls" for aquariums after invasive zebra mussels were discovered inside and on some of these products in Wisconsin and across the United States. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, zebra mussels are regarded as one of the most destructive invasive species in North America.

The invasive zebra mussels found in “moss balls” are designed for aquarium use and sold under names including “Betta Buddy Marimo Balls” and “Marimo Moss Ball Plant Grab N Go.”

“We are asking all pet stores and related retailers to please inspect and remove all these products from shelves,” said Amy Kretlow, DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Specialist. “We are also asking any consumers who may have bought any moss ball products in the past month to please inspect and dispose of them properly; do not flush moss balls or contaminated water down toilets or drains.

Zebra mussels are an aquatic invasive species that can cause environmental and economic harm. These small, fingernail-sized mollusks native to the Caspian Sea region of Asia have three life stages – larval, juvenile and adult. In the larval stage, the mussels are microscopic and live freely in the water, allowing them to be easily transported. If released, these larvae can cause great harm to waterbodies. Adult zebra mussels can stay alive for several days outside of water and are common hitchhikers on boats, fishing equipment and aquarium plants.

Despite their small size, zebra mussels clog pipelines used for water filtration, render beaches unusable and damage boats. They also negatively impact aquatic ecosystems by harming native organisms.

The DNR is working with other states to determine where these products are being sold. Two major pet store chains, Petco and PetSmart, took quick action and removed the products from store shelves once notified. For more information regarding moss ball product recalls, visit Petco and PetSmart.

Wisconsin and other states will continue monitoring the situation to ensure a safe product is made available to the public.

DESTROY, DISPOSE, DRAIN

Do not dispose of the moss balls in drains, waterways or gardens. Moss balls must be destroyed and disposed of in a sealed container in the trash.  

When following any of the methods listed below, ensure that the disposal method you choose is in compliance with your local state laws and animal welfare regulations.

DESTROY in one of three ways:

  • Freeze – Place the moss ball into a sealable plastic bag and freeze for at least 24 hours.
  • Boil – Place the moss ball in boiling water for at least 1 full minute.
  • Bleach/Vinegar – Submerge the moss ball in chlorine bleach or undiluted white vinegar for 20 minutes.

DISPOSE of the moss ball and any of its packaging in a sealed plastic bag in the trash. If vinegar, boiling water or bleach was used, the liquid can be disposed down a household drain – never down a storm drain where it could enter and damage local waterways.

DRAIN and clean the aquarium, if moss balls were added to the aquarium. 

Collect any fish or other living organisms and place them in another container, with water from a separate, uncontaminated water source. Sterilize the contaminated aquarium water by adding 1 cup of bleach for each gallon of water. Let the water sit for 10 minutes and then dispose the sterilized water down a household drain.

Clean the aquarium and accessories using one of the following methods, ensuring that the disposal method you choose is per manufacturers’ recommendations:

Boiling Method:

  • Use water that is 140 degrees F to flush and coat the tank and all accessory surfaces, or

Disinfection Method:

  • Make a disinfection solution using 3 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water.
  • Soak the aquarium, substrate, rocks, decor and filter media in the bleach water solution for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off all items before setting up the aquarium.
  • Dispose of the previously used filter media and replace it with new media.
  • Use a dechlorinating product to neutralize any residual chlorine before reintroducing aquatic life.

It is recommended that you do another water change within a week and continue to monitor the tank for any unusual or unexpected aquatic life. 

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    NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~April 26, 2021   (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that off-highway motorcycle trail passes are now available for non-residents to purchase.

    Until now, non-residents needed to register their off-highway motorcycle (OHM) in Wisconsin to operate on trails or other publicly established corridors.

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    SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   ~~~~~~~   May 11, 2021  (LSN)  The first group of student interns in the new Superior program, Project SEARCH, will be graduating Friday, June 4th and setting forth into the work world. We will have a short ceremony to recognize all the hard work and achievements the interns have put in this year, as well as recognition for the businesses of Superior who partnered with us. After the ceremony, a lunch will be provided for family, friends, and partners to enjoy the last day of the program, until next year.

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SUPERIOR, WISCONSIN   ~~~~~~~   May 11, 2021  (LSN)  The first group of student interns in the new Superior program, Project SEARCH, will be graduating Friday, June 4th and setting forth into the work world. We will have a short ceremony to recognize all the hard work and achievements the interns have put in this year, as well as recognition for the businesses of Superior who partnered with us. After the ceremony, a lunch will be provided for family, friends, and partners to enjoy the last day of the program, until next year.

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Off-Highway Motorcycle Trail Passes

For Non-Residents Wisconsin DNR

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~April 26, 2021   (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that off-highway motorcycle trail passes are now available for non-residents to purchase.

Until now, non-residents needed to register their off-highway motorcycle (OHM) in Wisconsin to operate on trails or other publicly established corridors.

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Get Ready To Fish!

May 1 marks opening day in Wisconsin

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MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~  April 23, 2021  (LSN)  May 1 marks opening day for many Wisconsin fishing seasons!

Our state's unique mix of lakes, streams and rivers combined with easy fishing access and the potential for large fish make it one of the top fishing destinations in the nation.

Share the water, take someone fishing and make memories one fish at a time. 

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Wisconsin State Park System Updates

49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, over 5,000 campsites

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Northern Wisconsin  ~~~~~~  April 16, 2021  (LSN)   With 49 state parks, more than 500 boat launches, 15 state forests, 44 state trails, over 5,000 campsites and much more – your springtime adventure awaits.

As we usher in a new season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has several operations updates on State Parks and other DNR-managed lands outlined below.

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Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours Sails into 62nd Season

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~  April 12, 2021  (LSN)  Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours is pleased to announce new changes for its 62nd season. Starting May 15, passengers can board the iconic yellow and blue tour boats for a 90-minute tour through the Soo Locks to enjoy highlights of the American and Canadian shorelines.

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Chippewa County Health Department vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships

Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~  April 9, 2021  (LSN)  This past week Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) was approached by the Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate on vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships. Since that proposal which was presented on Monday, CCHD staff will have vaccinated approximately 50 crew members on five ships with additional crew members to be vaccinated next week. The crews are receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine and second dose Moderna vaccine.

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War Memorial Hospital Installs Stop the Bleed Kits

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~   April 7, 2021  (LSN)  The War Memorial has installed bleeding control kits throughout the hospital and at offsite clinic locations. Each kit contains resources to stop or control bleeding such as tourniquets, trauma bandages, gauze, shears, an emergency blanket, and personal protective equipment.

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COVID-19 V SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.7 Identified in Chippewa County

14- day quarantine versus the 10-day quarantine.

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~  April 6, 2021 (LSN)   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) that the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories identified the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in two Chippewa County residents.

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2021 Spring Turkey Season Opener April 21

Bonus Harvest Authorizations Still Available For Several Periods And Zones

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~  April 6, 2021  (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding Wisconsinites to get ready for the upcoming 2021 spring turkey hunt happening April 21 - June 1.

The 2021 spring turkey hunt includes six, seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday. Each of the DNR’s seven turkey management zones will be open for hunting.

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Governor Signs Emergency Order Elevated Fire Risk Across Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR fire crews fighting a wildfire in Menomonee Falls Friday

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MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~~~~  April 5, 2021  (LSN)  Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #110 declaring a State of Emergency in response to elevated wildfire conditions throughout Wisconsin.

Today, all of Wisconsin is at very high fire danger. The combination of dry vegetation, unseasonably warm temperatures, low relative humidity and increasing south or southeast winds will lead to continued elevated fire weather conditions. 

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