Zebra mussels have apparently invaded the lake my grandparents’ cabin is on.
This is not good news, as the mussels are an invasive species famous for encrusting everything put into a lake, including docks and boats and water outlets, and they aren’t good for native species of the lake, either. The water will get clearer, but people’s feet will get cut by their sharp shells, and they’ve even been responsible for bird die-offs.
It also means that anyone boating the Whitefish chain of lakes is going to have to be incredibly careful when moving equipment–or risk transmitting the darn mussels to some other habitat they can wreck.
This is bad news.