Lake Independence turns green; lakeshore owners are seeing red

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 21, 2012 - 11:41 AM

10 years after Lake Independence was declared polluted, frustrated lakeshore owners are suing dairy farmer.

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husker1983Aug. 20, 12 9:33 PM

Check out the Google Maps satellite view of the lake. Nice green lawns. How do you get your grass to stay so nice?

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mworth48Aug. 20, 1210:05 PM

To quote the author. "The lawsuit is the latest example of lakeshore owners across Minnesota banding together to defend THEIR waters" Here is a fact. The water of Lake Independence is not owned by the lakeshore owners. Lake Independence is owned by all of us! Lakeshore owners, and this author, need a lesson on the true ownership of our lakes and rivers. Emboldened lakeshore owners will spell the demise of our long-standing traditions of fishing and boating if they continue to believe that the lakes are theirs! Just as this article mistakenly states.

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MAJAug. 20, 1210:08 PM

I bet they use chemicals... probably two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen.

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bredpathAug. 20, 1210:10 PM

"We have an awfully big investment here to give this all up for nothing because they think we're polluting the lake," Merz said. 1: you're giving it up to better the environment. 2: it's a FACT you're polluting.

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grmartin23Aug. 20, 1210:14 PM

Farm runoff is a problem, but so are lawns and golf courses. Look around and see how many of your neighbors have Chemlawn visiting them and helping green up their lawns... and lake.

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gerrymanderAug. 20, 1210:30 PM

Genetics at it's finest.

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vampress_meAug. 20, 1210:31 PM

Why is it that farmers polluting lakes or rivers always gets people up in arms, but every spring when the rivers flood and many city sewage waste treatment ponds flood into the rivers it's no big deal?

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jtuder1Aug. 20, 1210:42 PM

mworth48: I agree, all of us own the public waters of Lake Independence. That means we *all* have a stake in protecting it from pollution.

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ajdoonAug. 20, 1210:49 PM

I am not being trite when I say this, but perhaps this lake could actually use zebra mussels as they are excellent filters.

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chuckdancerAug. 20, 1211:15 PM

It doesn't say how many acres of land the farmer holds. With 135 head of cattle he probably doesn't have the acreage to spread his manure if restrictions are placed on parts of it. A smaller herd is one option.

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