The city of Chanhassen is off the hook in a lawsuit about zebra mussels heard in Carver County Court last week.
District Judge Philip Kanning dismissed the city from the lawsuit and is expected to issue a ruling soon on other issues in the case.
Lake associations from Christmas Lake, Lake Bavaria and Lotus Lake sued Chanhassen and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources last month for not doing enough to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
They want the DNR to require all boats entering the three lakes this year to be inspected beforehand at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park in Chanhassen. They are worried that the invasive mussels will be carried into their lakes by boats, trailers, bait buckets or bilge water.
They sued Chanhassen to allow an electronic gate at the public access for Lotus Lake.
DNR officials said that they don't have the legal authority to inspect boats at an off-lake location and that they have major concerns about installing gates at public boat accesses.