War on invasive species ramps up in west metro

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 6, 2012 - 12:59 AM

Regulating every public boat access in the west metro is part of a bold plan.

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tengakittyAug. 5, 1210:22 PM

Dumb, dumb, dumb ask your self on any given day how many ducks, geese, sea gull's, crows etc. travel from one lake to another. THEY ALL TRANSPORT ON THERE BODY'S AND IN THERE FEATHER'S. MILFOIL AND LARVA FROM ZEBRA MUSCLES. So get over it folk's there here and no gate or inspection is gonna do any good just a wast of tax dollar's IT'S TOO LATE THERE HERE AND HEAR FOR GOOD!

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davepenAug. 5, 1210:37 PM

All it takes is a millimeter-sized fragment of milfoil, or a couple of microscopic zebra mussel larvae. If you think $8M of taxpayer money (that's what it is by the way, the government has no money), is going to prevent this, you are sadly mistaken. The zebra mussel and eurasian milfoil are here to stay. These organisms have evolved to survive. You don't have to like it, but you do have to accept it.

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duckhunter97Aug. 5, 1210:41 PM

This is a joke. Its in Minnetonka along with a handful of other lakes. This is 10 years to late. What about when the homeowners on the lake that by a new dock, swimming raft, boat lift? Who's checking them? What about the diver ducks that come down during the fall, they eat the mussels? You gonna check them too? This is a noble idea but to little to late.....

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paulsothAug. 5, 1210:44 PM

Aren't the majority of the lakes they want to restrict already inflicted by multiple invasive species? As a fisherman and boater who does not live on a lake this seems to be nothing but a veiled attempt to restrict access to "their" lakes. They ignore all other ways invasives move through the environment and seem to think boaters are it. Let's ignore turtles, frogs, waterfowl, eagles, seagulls, beavers, muskrats, pelicans, you get it. The fact is we are screwed and closing off or limiting public access to our waterways will do nothing. Do any of these people really understand how microscopic the invasives are? Unless the boat is sterilized looking at it is BS. The state needs to go back and reset the law to make public access guaranteed and keep each city, county and neighborhood from setting their own laws and guidelines.

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mydogbaxterAug. 5, 1210:45 PM

235% increase in number of lakes infested just since 2009. 7,700 zebra mussels per square foot on Mille Lacs this yr. compared to 1,00/sf last year and none prior to 2009. 1999 DNR promoted quarantine of infested waters. Too bad they never implemented. Why not just admit they dont have the will to take aggressive action? With 92 infested lakes & rivers, is it too late?

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tokyotimAug. 5, 1211:22 PM

We have gated communities now it appears as if some are promoting gated lakes under the guise of controlling invasive species.

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jamue11eAug. 6, 1212:04 AM

When you drive behind a Townie with water drizling out of the back of their boat cruising down the road, it isn't hard to understand why people get upset. And yes, even weeds still on the trailers. People don't care. It isn't their lake. They don't pay the property taxes on it and don't have to deal with the every day aspect of invasive species when you come and drop in the boat on the weekend only. And there is a big difference between a duck flying in inadvertently and some boater who just doesn't care spreading the invasive species around. Complain about it all you want, say it is a waste of money, but you put your boat in a lake that other people live on. When you have no actual skin in the game, it is easy to complain about the rules.

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bironAug. 6, 1212:17 AM

What's the big deal? Why so much hate towards these poor helpless plants that "are just trying to make a better life for themselves". Yes, I'm joking. Step up enforcement and if the lakes need to be gated, that would be great because it will keep the traffic down on Minnetonka.

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robotdudeAug. 6, 1212:38 AM

This stupid idea which started in a few small metro lakes is now ballooning into something scary. So we now have to consider going to the lake being like going thru airport security? Might as well shut down boating in Mn. Or stop these fascists before all 11,000+ lakes look like Stalag 17.

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JRBAug. 6, 1212:40 AM

Someone should ask: what legal authority do these lake associations have to require boat owners to jump through hoops to gain access to their lakes, which by law should be accessible to the public? Or are they self-elected officials trying to impose their will on everyone else?

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