Lake Zorinsky Zebra mussel eradication/control project Omaha, Douglas county, Nebraska.
Author: Corps of Engineers Omaha district and the Papio-Missousi River Natural Resource district
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Under the authority of the Flood Control Act of 1968 and the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 1981, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District (Corps) is partnering with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District (Papio-NRD) on zebra mussel eradication and/or control in Lake Zorinsky. Lake Zorinsky is located within the city limits of Omaha with West Center Road to the north, 156th Street to the west, Q Street to the south, and 108th Street to the east. The lake and surrounding areas are used for recreation including picnicking, hiking, birding, fishing, and boating. The Lake was constructed for flood control, general recreation, and fish and wildlife enhancement. On November 9, 2010, a boy scout collecting cans during the normal drawdown period of the Lake spotted a zebra mussel on a can near the west-end boat ramp and reported the sighting to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Invasive Species Program. On November 18, 2010, Ms. Karie Decker, Invasive Species Project Coordinator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln confirmed that the sighting was indeed a zebra mussel.