Dennis Anderson: Undercover angler investigates invasive species security

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 3, 2012 - 1:07 AM

Are there cracks in security when it comes to the fight against invasive species at two west-metro lakes? Or could they be models for others? This fisherman went to find out.

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jgjacksonmnJun. 2, 12 9:22 PM

I have a concern about zebra mussels that no one is talking about. In my back yard is a water feature. The yard is 1/4 mile from the nearest natural water source, a small stream. The nearest lake is about a mile away. I empty my stream each winter. Each spring within a few weeks of filling the water feature it is filled with small snails. It seems nature has a way of spreading them without man's help. This makes me reluctant to be supportive of any large expenditure to prevent boat borne spread of invasive species, when seeds, or spores or eggs or baby mussels or whatever it is that spreads, seems to be coming in on birds, or Raccoons, or Muskrats.

george13Jun. 2, 1210:54 PM

I have zebra mussels growing in my toilet!

jsthappy2bhrJun. 3, 12 9:36 AM

money talks on Christmas lake, private guards bought and paid for by the residents, who owns this lake again?

fawnhallJun. 3, 1212:01 PM

Is it lawful for a private security guard to deny you access to a public lake? This is a genuine question. The article says these guards were trained by the DNR but, they are not the DNR. Is this lawful?

vwagnerJun. 3, 12 2:20 PM

A couple of things regarding Christmas Lake. Legislation passed this year, allows the DNR to train paid AIS Inspectors that are contracted by Local Units of Government that have a signed agreement with the DNR. This is the arrangement for AIS folks at Christmas Lake. It is all legal and above board. Second, what Dennis didn't comment on and what I observed on May27, 2012 was that four of the eight parking spaces for cars w/trailers were being used by cars only. One of the spaces was used to park the AIS persons private auto. The other three were just cars taking up parking slots that should be for rigs w/ trailers. It has been long suspected that lakeshore owners park their cars in these spots, just to deny access to boaters. I can't prove whose cars these were, but there were only three other boats on the lake and they only had one or two people in each boat. If the Watershed District or City of Shoreview is paying AIS inspectors to work at the ramp, maybe they should be using a boat trailer parking space to park their car.

northatlastJun. 3, 12 2:37 PM

Beware the NGO/NGA's. They are popping up all over and it is the "Kings Deer" game being played all over again. Hire an attorney. Form a NGO/NGA. Throw money at the politicians. City/County/State. Get tax free status. Apply for grants. Get Grad students to do the "work" and then you have a private lake. Simple. This stuff always starts in the metro. The rich playing the game. Oh. I am not rich but I make enough to know the game. And i don't dislike the rich. I want to be rich one day. Christmas Lake is a perfect example. Google the history of that lake. It is classic.

jsthappy2bhrJun. 3, 12 5:59 PM

call and have those cars towed watch how fast Change happens

sbirkinJun. 3, 12 7:36 PM

Are we going to start catching and inspecting waterfowl as well? I've seen so many times an egret or heron flying with milfoil on it's legs. Why wouldn't juvenile zebras also hitch a ride? Our lakes have been here for thousands of years and it didn't take boaters to populate the same plant and fish species. Things like this will spread naturally now that they are present. We can hope programs like this can slow the spread but it's a foregone conclusion that it will spread everywhere, especially since most lakes around minnetonka are connected by streams.

grovemnusJun. 6, 12 6:14 AM

This is just the tip of the iceberg.Contact your legislators,DNR and boating associations and let them know that you are not going to take this

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