• The Battle Against AIS Can be Won

    The Lake Minnetonka Association’s Bay treatment program has all but eliminated non-native milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed in areas that have been regularly treated; even in areas with sporadic treatment, non-native milfoil and curlyleaf pondweed has been reduced by 70%-90%. If we had the funds necessary and support from state agencies, the problems with non-native milfoil can become a distant memory.

    Ongoing research conducted by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) shows great promise that Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) not only can be controlled, but some species may even be eradicated.

    However, even if all of AIS were eradicated from Lake Minnetonka, preventative measures will still be needed to keep the lake from becoming reinvested.

    To do this, it will take:

    Stronger laws to protect new invasive species from entering our state at its borders and from being transferred between lakes within the state.

    Implementation of cost-effective statewide controls such as centralized inspection locations, lake based boat licensing, inspection tagging, radio-frequency identification technology (RFID tags), etc.

    Willingness of state agencies and local law enforcement to implement existing laws that prohibit the transport of AIS.

    State and Federal funds to sustain AIS research.

    A moratorium on new or expanded public accesses until effective controls are in place to control the spread of AIS.

    Commitment of all anglers, boaters, and other lake users to become part of the solution to prevent the movement of AIS.

    Action by lake residents and lake users to contact state and local officials about the importance of preventing the spread of AIS to maintain property values and the economic and ecologic vitality of lakes.

    • A positive attitude that the battle against AIS will be won.

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