Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Nearly all MCWD Testing Sites Show Presence of Invasive Species.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Initial sampling by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) found that zebra mussels are rapidly spreading throughout Lake Minnetonka. The first of monthly surveys was completed recently and found zebra mussels present at most District testing sites across the lake. Zebra mussels were first detected in Wayzata Bay last summer and follow-up data collected last fall found zebra mussels across much of the eastern half of Lake Minnetonka. This spring, the MCWD launched a three-year study by placing two monitoring devices at each of 32 sites from Gray’s Bay to Halsted Bay. During its first monthly check of the devices in late June, the District found zebra mussels at 26 locations. There was no evidence of zebra mussels at five of the …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District should escape most effects of a shutdown.
A shutdown of state government would suspend virtually all services and divisions within Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources.
All 74 state parks, recreational areas and campgrounds, visited by millions of people every year, will close. Conservation and enforcement operations will also cease, and ecological monitoring will come to a halt—which could have a profound impact on Lake Minnetonka. Zebra mussels were discovered in Lake Minnetonka last summer, and the DNR has made quelling their spread a top priority. DNR officials had scheduled the most invasive species inspections in state history for this summer, as part of that effort. The State Legislature recently approved increasing the DNR’s inspections authority and added teeth …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
State conservation leaders ask boaters to 'clean, drain and dry.'
With boating season ramping up, Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is cracking down on aquatic hitchhikers. Zebra mussels were discovered last year in Lake Minnetonka, the state’s 19th inland lake with a confirmed presence. In an effort to raise public awareness and slow the spread of zebra mussels and other invasive species, state inspectors took their fight to the front lines Tuesday for the season’s first round of boat inspections and chats with the public. “State law requires boaters to remove visible aquatic plants and zebra mussels from their boats and trailers prior to leaving public waters in the state of Minnesota,” conservation officer Adam Block said today as he stood at the public access to Gray's Bay on Lake …