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Proposal is attempt to head off invasives in Christmas Lake.
Inspecting boats is a futile feel good effort that will not keep a lake safe. But, it will provide a few more jobs for the DNR. My boats and jet ski's go in and out of the lake once in the spring and once in the fall. The "inspection" is a joke. Half the time no one is even at the launch. Until you can x-ray the watercraft like you do people at the airport you will not stop hitchhiking invasive species. The TSA can't even catch every piece of contraband so what do you expect from a visual inspection of the outside of a boat?
This is just the first step to close access to "their" lake.
So will they stop inspections and remove the gate once it has been confirmed that this lake is infected? It's bound to happen sooner than later especially since they are not inspecting the water fowl.
Christmas Lake Homeowners Association is using a portion of it's membership fee's to pay approx 3/4 of the cost of the inspection labor. As well the costs of other amenities to the "public" access. I don't even live on the lake yet I can appreciate the intent of the association and their stewardship as well. This Association walks the talk and Christmas Lake lake will be better off for it.
20% noncompliance rate for measures to prevent the spread of invasive species in the other article in this paper. Personal responsibility is an abject failure, obviously. Inspections are effective, and the spread is preventable. Thankfully Shorewood has politicians with some guts, can't say the same for Carver county or Chanhassen. Talking about waterfowl...jeez, try learning a little about this.
If you live around Alexandria, the entire chain of lakes there is infected. Does that mean we should throw up our hands and simply let all the other uninfected lakes be corrupted? I don't think so.
money talks on Christmas Lake, people are bought and sold every day in the political world, it's a way of life in America today
Doesn't this violate state law? I thought that it was illegal for local governments or associations to block public access to lakes in this state since they are navigable waters.
Why not hold all watercraft without certified inspection in dry dock for 21 days before they can enter they lake.
It will be cheaper if Christmas Lake has zebra mussels. Just Sayin... After the zebra mussels explode in that lake they can remove the gates and the inspector. Or is that whats it's really about? NO. They are trying to make the lake private, long live the zebra mussel.
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