Losing Our Lakes Part 2: A stinking mess

  • Article by: TOM MEERSMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 21, 2010 - 9:00 AM

Part 2: Lake Independence was supposed to be Minnesota's first success in the Clean Water program. Instead, it was our first failure.

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nomorepaperJun. 24, 10 6:31 AM

It makes me sad that noone around the lake is interested in preserving it as a local treasure. Fortunately the lake I live on has a very active community interested in keeping the lake clean. All four farms in our watershed are actively participating in preventative maintenance, including french drains and an acre of field set aside as a filter for the fertilizer used on the land. It can and should be done, otherwise the sales tax increase was just a waste of money.

fishheadJun. 24, 10 6:38 AM

$410,000 of OUR money spent to fix an unnecessary problem that should and probably was predicted. One way to remove the phosphorus is through prolonged fish harvest. Remove all the fish and restock with only bait minnows. Then start harvesting and in the process you remove phosphorus in a way that produces a profit ie. no public money needed. The minnows will release the phosphorus from the sediments and make it worse temporarily but improve it long term. The problem didn't happen overnight and the cure won't either. Fish contain about 0.4% phosphorus.

rainyriverJun. 24, 10 6:40 AM

It's nice to see some concern about the enviroment in southern Minnesota. Up north here we have been under pressure for years to maintain a clean enviroment. Now the enviromentalists are saying that logging that took place 70 to 80 years ago is the cause of one of our rivers having sediment in it and that we will have to fix this. What a pile of bull!!

simplyhotJun. 24, 10 6:57 AM

He wasn't actually thinking of eating them was he???

medvezhonokJun. 24, 10 7:23 AM

Are you to proud simplyhot or pimplyhot to eat it, or are your tastes inclined to more expensive and endangered types of fish? The Asian culture find carp good eating and I have tried it and it isn't to bad. Why not try something before you say it is not worth it, like I did when I was 6 years old.

nancysjetJun. 24, 10 7:24 AM

gosh darn the lrt dont go to the lake.

bsnewsJun. 24, 10 7:28 AM

The temp. cap that was helping collect some of the oil was accidently bumped off, now spill into the Gulf as is was at first. Nothing on the news, nothing in the paper, nothing about Ken Salzadar lying about the Engineer reports saying the well should be shut down until they find the problem with why the well exploded, when they said the opposite. We don't have a chance the way the papers and media are blocking the news. Germany in the 30's all over again.

beerguyJun. 24, 10 7:50 AM

Phosphorus and excessive use of fertilizers are leading to the destruction of our lakes. Whe isn't the state of MN focusing on this phosphorus problem? We need regulations that will limit the phosphorus going into our public waters. Instead the DNR focuses on regulating docks. Unbelievable.

manitoulinJun. 24, 10 7:51 AM

Obviously phosphorus is magic and it automatically deactivates its plant growing powers once it leaves his property. Nice loophole that AG is immune from any clean-up regulations - gotta be worth more than a crop subsidy.

paulpalin12Jun. 24, 10 7:54 AM

in southern Minnesota farm land. People have always told me that farmers are great stewards of the land. Judging by the appearance of the lakes, I would beg to differ.


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