Invasive species war spills into court

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 25, 2012 - 2:33 AM

As efforts to fight zebra mussels and other invasives heat up, some argue that a Minnesota birthright is at stake: Unfettered access to lakes and rivers.

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wootieup7Mar. 24, 1211:14 PM

Joe Alexander is rolling in his grave. He worked hard as DNR commissioner to provide public access to many lakes in the metropolitan area. Now we are trying to close them down. *shakes head*

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twelvegaugeMar. 24, 1211:22 PM

how about closing the affected lakes?

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bakagaijinMar. 24, 1211:31 PM

The invasive species are already here. This court fight is a waste of time and resources. They should have had this fight 20 yrs ago.

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mnpls123Mar. 24, 1211:53 PM

I'm sure out of spite someone will throw a bucket full of zebra mussels in Christmas lake.

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daytonfailMar. 25, 12 6:46 AM

I love that the examples utilized in the article referred to Oregon which requires inspection of all boats entering the state; this would do nothing in Minnesota as the invasive species they are concerned with are already in the state. And Lake Tahoe which inspects at each of its access'; again we are talking about one lake with a limited number of access'. We already have invasive species in MN and to man every access point would be nearly impossible and would be extremely expensive. We have over 10,000 lakes in the state so theoretically we would need 10,000 inspectors (some lakes don't have an access others have multiple public and resort access') per shift times three eight hour shifts. If we were to man 10,000 inspection locations with one person 24 hours a day for 365 days at $7.25/hour that would amount to $635,100,000.00. Realistically, unless you want to restrict citizen’s rights to fish on lakes of their choosing at times they wish to fish, this is what it would take. Placing inspection locations at random locations would not be sufficient as fisherman may want to go to multiple lakes in a day or will simply not go to an inspection location as it would be an out of the way inconvenience. I would propose increase fines and possible misdemeanor charges if a person is caught transporting invasive species on their boat. Enforce the current regulations and make it so people want to obey them out of fear of what will happen if they do not.

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akmscottMar. 25, 12 7:22 AM

The battle has already been lost!Short of fencing off every lake in the state and placing guards around them(something they won't even do at our border),this stuff will be everywhere.They are in the lakes of west central Minnesota-many of which are connected by rivers!

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fishanhunt2Mar. 25, 12 7:26 AM

"It's not clear to the general public that the battleground for zebra mussels in 2012 is Minnesota," said Joe Shneider, president of the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association, one of litigants. "Every state east of us has lost the war," he said. ___________________ That statement alone is proof that putting more restrictions on public water access won't work. The millions spent fighting Zebra Mussels, will in the end prove no more effective than just peeing into the wind. Hard feeling, lawsuits both ways and in the end the Zebs. will prevail. Just as the Zebs. have in all the Eastern states. Nothing but a fools cause to champion IMHO.

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fish60Mar. 25, 12 7:34 AM

The DNR arguing against government intrusion? Did I stumble across a link to The Onion? The DNR should have quarantined the first lake or lakes to get infested with zebra mussels but they didn't and now look where we are.

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epengeMar. 25, 12 7:45 AM

My family has been fortunate to inherit a lakehome and property that has been passed down for generations otherwise we could not afford it. But with the [rices people pay to live on a lake these days many of them truly feel they own the lake which is wrong imo. I don't see why a lake association should have any authority at all. All of us should have just as much of a voice in the Christmas Lake association seeing as we own just as much of the lake.

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lalahemMar. 25, 12 7:51 AM

the invasive species are threatening these new habitats because they have no natural predators in these waters. Is the answer to fight fire with fire? and what would be the consequences of introducing their predators? Frankly, the DNR has none of my confidence; I have seen the results of their 'management' up close and semi personal. Not trustworthy.

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