|Right now, we
have 182 substrates located in 8 western states. In many places, individual
volunteers monitor for zebra mussels, but in some places a coordinator either
handles the monitoring or collects results from other individuals and reports
to the Zebra Mussel Volunteer Monitoring Coordinator. For example, Lynn
Schlueter in North Dakota is in charge of nine substrates, including six at
Lake Sakakawea. Another resource manager, Don Archer, coordinates all of the
sampling in Utah.
|Wed love to
enlist more volunteer monitors, of course, especially in the Missouri River
Valley. This area may be at particular risk for zebra mussel infestation,
because many sites are within a days drive of infested waters.