Lake Minnetonka group eyes ways to deal with milfoil

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 1:25 AM

A draft plan includes both mechanical cutting and herbicides to fight lake weeds. recommends strategies to battle Eurasian water milfoil and curly-leaf pondweed on the 14,000 acre lake.

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quinnerooDec. 9, 1210:41 PM

ummmm...........ban fertilizer use around the lake? Without food the problem would probably diminish somewhat. Oh wait! My lawn won't be green........never mind.

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dragon2000Dec. 10, 12 2:26 AM

Toxify the entire lake RIGHT NOW - kill everything: all plants, all fish, zebra mussels, water monkeys (get it, KILL 'EM ALL).... ... you're left with a virgin lake for a short time - repopulate with native vegetation, and desirable fish stock. Shoot every goose that approaches the water for the next 9 months. No "visitor" boats for 2013, but citizens should be encouraged to patronize lakeside restaurants. Radical, but try it for a few years, and see what happens - the water won't go away, and even if we're not a smart enough species to protect the lake, we can re-seed it forever.

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melloncollieDec. 10, 12 7:09 AM

"ban fertilizer use around the lake? Without food the problem would probably diminish" Thinking that banning fertilizer would diminish is milfoil is nonsense.

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roymercerDec. 10, 12 7:56 AM

Waiting for genetically-modified milfoil that kills itself. The company that invents it will be rich beyond belief.

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quinnerooDec. 10, 12 8:12 AM

"Thinking that banning fertilizer would diminish is milfoil is nonsense."..............It will never completely disappear, but it would have a big effect. The nutrients from the neighboring watershed is what is feeding the aquatic plants. It has been shown that it is a huge problem in the Minnesota River, and the farm fields were to blame. Same scenario.

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mrcurmudgeonDec. 10, 1211:30 AM

The problem is very simple. Let the private sector and concerned citizens in the community solve the problem. They can do it faster and cheaper with real accountability and results. Remember it was the DNR, LMCD and Watershed that all dropped the ball just like they did again with the Zebra Mussel problem.

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FrankLDec. 10, 12 2:47 PM

Turn it into ethanol.

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oscarfallsDec. 10, 12 4:03 PM

The harvesting treatments should never be considered a main way to combat milfoil. Milfoil can grow over a foot per sunny day and they harvest each section once a season. It is a waste of money, but keeps the LMCD afloat. Herbicidal treatment has made a significant difference in the daily boating in every bay its been adequately instituted. The LMCD doesn't want to solve the problem, they want to keep trying to solve it.

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