Hennepin County coloring its message on invasive species

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 11, 2012 - 6:12 PM

Flashing lights and large signs on Lake Minnetonka are part of the latest effort to get boaters to help stem invasive species.

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highlife75Jul. 11, 12 8:40 PM

Whats next, predator drones with high energy lasers to zap waterfowl in mid air or on a lake that has invasive weeds? Shhhh, be quiet about that, we are having a great time wasting taxpayers money on this crisis.

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drmanJul. 11, 12 8:44 PM

My parents dug a 1 acre pond several years ago in the middle of a large field. They never planted any fish. Today the pond is full of them -- lots of different species. There's also water plants. How did they get there? Was it the boats that were launched, or maybe ducks and geese? Maybe Hennepin County can create new signs that the geese and ducks can read, or at least setup waterfowl washing stations.

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ontheroadagnJul. 11, 1210:16 PM

I see the signage is in english only, if you ever go to a Hennipen County building the signs are in 13 languages, what will the guests in this country do when they go to launch their boats and cannot understand the signage?

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rshacklefordJul. 12, 12 2:23 AM

"drman: My parents dug a 1 acre pond several years ago in the middle of a large field. They never planted any fish. Today the pond is full of them -- lots of different species. There's also water plants. How did they get there?" ---- Your story reminded me of the statement, "Nature finds a way." from Jurassic Park (1993). The distribution and reproduction of species is not something we can easily fight Mother Nature over. Even if it was our own species that introduced the unwanted species, I still consider that planetary evolution. Many do not like that, I know.

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mlarsenmplsJul. 12, 12 6:51 AM

This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. The ideas that our government comes up with to solve issues gets no results but costs millions of dollars. There is nothing you can do to stop them. It would be better if you let nature takes it course and deal with it. Our government is the problem not the solution.

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olneymacJul. 12, 12 7:24 AM

As long as one of the signs point boaters over to Christmas Lake. Maybe if Christmas lake is infested, then the rest of MN can get back to whatever it is that we do instead of this foolishness.

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orono77Jul. 12, 12 7:31 AM

I pass the North Arm launch 365 days out of the year. This summer I've stopped and watched boaters and their reactions to this sign / light contraption. My observation has been that the DNR is dead wrong about the percentage of boaters complying as a result of the overpriced sign. The majority of boaters I've observed are ignoring the calls to inspect, etc. That's how zebra mussels got into Minnetonka and it's how they spread into other lakes.

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canbykidJul. 12, 12 7:33 AM

The sign is on the wrong side of the waters edge. It assunes that the boater violated the law by transporting weeds and AIS. This sign should be for boaters leaving the water. Drain, Remove, Dry, Proceed on your way.

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muskiedogJul. 12, 12 7:51 AM

Signs don't work. People just begin to ignore them. Sad but true

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ipmuttJul. 12, 12 8:41 AM

This is just a waste of good money. If it delays the spread by more than a few weeks I would be surprised. More government employees looking for things to do.

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