Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Following the buckthorn pull, the players helped fill large flower pots for planting by the residents of Boardwalk Apartments in Wayzata.
As part of the “Trojans Give Back” campaign, 28 football players from Wayzata High School pulled, chopped and tackled buckthorn, an invasive species in Minnesota, on Saturday, May 11. “The buckthorn at the McIver location had very large root bundles,” said John Berryhill, a Wayzata resident who assisted the team. “It took much grunting, chopping and rhythmic clapping to get them out. But they did it. We were all very impressed with the work ethic and enthusiasm that the players showed.” Following the buckthorn pull, the players helped fill large flower pots for planting by the residents of Boardwalk Apartments in Wayzata. As a reward for their hard work, the players were treated to pizza donated by TCF Wayzata Branch Bank and MAP …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Anticipated 2013 activities include more monitoring and inspections on Lake Minnetonka and surrounding bodies of water.
With ice now officially out on Lake Minnetonka, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is preparing for the fishing opener and is working to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in area lakes and streams this season. Early detection of potential new infestations is a key element of the district’s AIS prevention and management program for 2013. As part of that work, it’s broadening its monitoring of district lakes that are not yet infested with zebra mussels. Spotting an AIS infestation early increases the ability to contain it and prevent it from disrupting an entire water body’s ecosystem. Related posts: Among the plans for this season are installing zebra mussel monitoring devices in many lakes within the district…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Training session planned May 14 in Hopkins will train residents interested in participating in Minnehaha Creek Watershed District's volunteer monitoring program.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Wednesday, April 24
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is preparing for the open water season and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the area's lakes and streams. A key component of the MCWD's 2013 AIS prevention and management program is early detection of any potential new infestations, and the watershed district is expanding its monitoring of non-zebra mussel infested waters—and creating a volunteer monitoring program to help spot new infestations. A training session for residents interested in participating in the district’s volunteer monitoring program will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins. In addition to training citizen monitors, the MCWD’s other early detection …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Community members can also weight in online about what's important to them when it comes to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) wants the public to weigh in on clean water and is hosting three open houses in locations across the district to find out what aspects of protecting clean water are important to community members. The input will provide valuable insight as the District develops a strategic plan for long-term management and protection of local water resources. “These open houses are the perfect chance for community members to let us know what’s important to them when it comes to watershed management and achieving clean water,” Jim Calkins, MCWD President said. “For some, it might be more aquatic invasive species prevention—or for others, it could be a need for more environmental education. Whatever your …
Friday, January 25, 2013
More than 800 lake service businesses across the state attended one of the AIS training sessions last year and are now included on the DNR’s list of permitted service providers.
This year, owners of lake service provider businesses in Minnesota can choose from 19 aquatic invasive species (AIS) training sessions offered throughout the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The businesses are required by law to attend AIS training and acquire a permit before being hired to place or remove water-related equipment from any state waters. The law, passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2011, aims to help prevent the spread of AIS between waters of the state. “We’re expecting to work with many more businesses this year,” said April Rust, AIS training coordinator. “We are confident this training is playing an important role in helping stop the spread of AIS in Minnesota waters.” …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Latest open water test of Zequanox yielded a 97.1 mortality rate. Could Lake Minnetonka be the next test site?
- Jay Corn
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Marrone Bio Innovations, a leading provider of natural pest management products for water and agriculture applications, said this week that Zequanox was highly effective at controlling invasive zebra mussels in Deep Quarry Lake located in DuPage County, Illinois. Zequanox, the industry’s only environmentally compatible molluscicide, was applied within barrier systems in three locations throughout the lake. Results showed that treated sites experienced an average mussel mortality of 97.1 percent compared with 11.2 percent mortality in the untreated sites. Environmental Protection Agency approval for using Zequanox in natural water systems is currently in process. In the study, funded in part through a grant from the Illinois Department of …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Pilot project at Lake Carlos State Park north of Alexandria could have a big impact on Lake Minnetonka. Effectiveness in open water settings will be a focus.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Editor's note: Lake Minnetonka Patch ran an extensive feature story on Zequanox back in late May. That post can be read in its entirety by clicking here. The following information was provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: A research project, using a natural product called Zequanox, is underway at Lake Carlos State Park in an effort to discover an effective and environmentally safe means to control zebra mussels and protect aquatic ecosystems, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced. The DNR's invasive species program is working with the U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) and New York State Museum's Field Research Laboratory on the project. Zequanox is a natural product that was approved by the Environmental…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Minnesota Inboard in Excelsior has partnered with the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association to provide a dedicated decontamination site for boaters using Lake Minnetonka, Lake Minnewashta, Christmas Lake and other lakes in the area.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
With growing concern for stopping the spread of zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species (AIS), Minnesota Inboard is now providing convenient decontamination service seven days a week in Excelsior. "This new service is available from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., seven days a week, and we specialize in decontaminating wake-board boats," Joe Mueller of Minnesota Inboard Water Sports said. "Our customers and other boat owners want to do the right thing and now they can." For much less money than a tank of gas, boats can be decontaminated while owners wait or they can be dropped off for later pickup. This new service is a first of its kind, joint venture between Minnesota Inboard Water Sports and the Christmas Lake Homeowner's …
Friday, August 10, 2012
While many of the state’s fishermen oppose the plan being proposed by the Coalition of Minnehaha Creek Waters, area lake and homeowner associations vehemently support it. Check back soon for that story.
Fishermen representing groups from throughout the Metro area were in Orono Thursday night to voice staunch opposition to a controversial aquatic invasive species (AIS) control plan that includes placing electronic gates at public boat accesses. Shawn Kellet lives in Excelsior and was representing the Minnesota Muskie and Pike Alliance at Thursday’s meeting of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Kellet said waterfowl, docks and small craft such as jet skis were just as responsible as boats for the spread of AIS and said gating public access points “perpetuated the ‘get off my lake’ mentality.” Kellet went on to say that milfoil growth is the lowest he’s seen in years due to a series of successful control initiatives and said nature was …
Longtime Orono resident says one of the region's top aquatic invasive species experts "betrayed the committee process."
Editor's note: this story has been corrected to reflect statements originally attributed to Dick Osgood were made by Joe Shneider. Patch regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused. Gabriel Jabbour has lived on Lake Minnetonka for 42 years and owned the Tonka Bay Marina since 1990. He has been honored by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District with a lifetime achievement award for his efforts at improving and protecting Lake Minnetonka and received two public safety awards from the Hennepin County Sheriff. “I own many commercial properties, and I’ve served in almost every possible position available in local government,” Jabbour said. “I believe I’m a major protector of Lake Minnetonka.” On Thursday Jabbour was in the middle of …