Hennepin County's Lake Rebecca has made a remarkable comeback

  • Article by: Tom Meersman , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 20, 2013 - 10:21 PM

A sick lake in the west metro has been restored by chemical treatment of invasive weeds and reduced manure runoff.

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Wally66May. 21, 13 6:51 AM

Good job.....

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samicideMay. 21, 13 7:59 AM

how bad could it have been if the DNR have been using the lake (for years) to raise Muskies for the State's stocking program....no mention of that.

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wallyworldmnMay. 21, 13 8:02 AM

I worked at the park at Lake Rebecca in the late 60's and they were doing chemical treatment then. In the last 40 years they have chemically killed everything in the lake and restocked the fish a bunch of times. I also worked at Lake Independence which has had the same issues with runoff, although not as bad as Rebecca. The concentration of runoff and other general dumping are the cause of the majority of the sick lakes. Folks used to haul old vehicles and farm implements out on the ice to dispose of them every year. Fertilizer and feedlots will poison any lake if not managed. Lake Rebecca will only be a success when we don't have to constantly dump huge amounts of chemicals in it to keep things in balance.

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joe_mnMay. 21, 13 8:38 AM

5 yrs ago they said they were not the problem. They make many changes and problem is solved? So they really were the problem?

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Diogenes9May. 21, 13 9:10 AM

When it comes to lake pollution, the enemy is us. The answer is not chemicals and harvesters.

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applejeffMay. 21, 13 9:20 AM

Hopefully, the things that have been learned over the past couple of decades that are being put into practice here to prevent bad runoff, filter runoff they can't prevent, and prevent good water from becoming contaminated even before it gets to the lake will help. Fertilizers companies are using less phosphorus than previously, too, aren't they? As we all learn more and stop doing the bad things we've been doing, these things can come around. Look at the horrible effects of DDT in the 60s and how eagles and other birds of prey are rebounding.

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tborn2skiMay. 21, 13 9:33 AM

For crying out loud, just for once I'd like to read a story with a good outcome, aided by an overarching and increasingly unusual let's-work-together framework, without cynical and armchair know-it-all comments.

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jaynedrakeMay. 21, 1312:09 PM

The article talks about a lake. It would only make sense to show readers a full view of the lake! A special thank you to the people who helped reclaim the lake!

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FrankLMay. 21, 13 3:03 PM

The article starts out about all the evils of fertilizers, sewage, detergents and lawn maintenance being bad for the lake, but at the end we find out it was due to horses. How about just writing an article on the facts instead of editorializing for activists all the time.

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