Invasive species: Lockdown on the lakes

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH and DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: June 4, 2012 - 3:01 PM

Boaters are learning to live with restrictions aimed at controlling invasive species.

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elementxJun. 2, 1210:46 PM

What about waterfowl speading the species?

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rhermyJun. 2, 1211:32 PM

Another tool for lake associations to restrict the rights of all Minnesotans access to lakes. doubt these actions will be effective in controlling invasive species.

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fourthand8thJun. 3, 1212:22 AM

"People have to get used to this new way of life," said Steve Gunther, president of Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association. "It's a culture clash. There's this sense of entitlement that has to be overcome." Oh, the irony. Living on a lake does not mean you own it. Once I see the majority of lakeshore property owners maintaining adequate shoreline buffers, maybe I'll actually believe they care about the health of the lake and not simply preventing others from using it.

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akmscottJun. 3, 12 1:01 AM

The cow has left the barn and it's too late!Now it's just harassing sportsmen!

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antagonistJun. 3, 12 1:12 AM

So now some psuedo-governmental entity can restrict access to a public launch. This is a dangerous precedent as lake associations will be popping up everywhere creating their own little fiefdoms that limit public access to public lakes.

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aviendhaJun. 3, 12 1:33 AM

Waterfowl spreading the species? When was the last time you saw a duck with milfoil on it? Nor are they into zebra mussels or Asian carp since they eat plants.

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tailgaterJun. 3, 12 1:57 AM

Your tax dollars at work...

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netbuddyJun. 3, 12 2:19 AM

This is just all "feel good" activity that won't change much other than hurt businesses catering to boaters and fishermen. It's amazing how many stupid laws get passed in an election year.

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shootzJun. 3, 12 6:22 AM

Fishing Wisconsin and spending more money over there is starting to make more sense. No boat police and you can fish with 3 fishing lines.

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verdepatoJun. 3, 12 7:13 AM

Ducks eat the seeds then fly to the next lake where they come out Otherwise small ponds where there are no boats would not have milfoil or the other invasives This is a wast of time and money I will fish other states and not bother here in Minnesota

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