Members of the CLLA Aquatic Invasive Species committee attended a MN DNR Workshop on how to collect beetles (black-margined loosestrife beetle and golden loosestrife beetle) that only eat invasive Purple Loosestrife. Over the last four years the group has manually pulled these plants from our lake shores.
This workshop gave us the tools and one-year permit to harvest and transport beetles to a local site. Hopefully the beetles we collected and released will like their new location. We want to establish a local colony of beetles that will biologically take care of this invasive plant in our area.
Here are some pictures from the day …
Thanks to AIS members, Joyce Anastasi, Mary Kay Ripp and Gary Schumacher for their volunteer time!
If you want to learn more about Purple Loosestrife here is a link to more information on the MN DNR website:
Our newest Corporate Sponsor is Lake Management Inc. and they can get rid of your lakeshore weed headaches with safe, effective aquatic weed control. They can also help you effectively get rid of scum or swimmer’s itch – so that you can enjoy the beauty of your lake property. They offer two application programs allowing for maximum enjoyment of your lakefront throughout the summer. Give them a call and be sure to thank them for supporting the Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association.
The St. Croix River Association is sponsoring a Invasive Species workshop on “Figuring out Phragmites” on Wednesday, April 24 from 8:30 – 12:30 at St. Bridget of Sweden Church in Lindstrom. Keynote speaker is MAISRC lead researcher, Julie Bohnen.
Representatives from Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association and Green Lake Association met with Representative Ann Neu and Senator Mark Koran at Water Action Day at the State Capitol today. Both our legislators were receptive to our concerns regarding Aquatic Invasive Species treatment funding and the economic impact of water quality on our local economy.
Great turnout to hear MAISRC Researcher, Julia Bohnen talk about the non-native Invasive Phragmites invasion in the Chisago Lakes Watershed. Over 86 sites have been identified in our area and good news is the sites are small enough to be effectively treated. Various stakeholders will be putting together a management plan to be implemented next fall.
Did you know that the Chisago Lakes area has five AIS Detectors trained by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Research Center (MAISRC)? Nancy Moe-Mergens (Center Lakes Association), Gary Schumacher and Mary Kay Ripp (Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association) star in the latest video from MAISRC.
The Chisago Lakes Coalition of Lake Associations (CLCLA) is concerned with the explosion of non-native Phragmites (Phragmites australis) along our area lakes shorelines. We will be hosting a meeting of stakeholders from local governmental entities, Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center and area Lake Associations to develop an effective management plan to deal with this invasion.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 25th from 3:00 to 4:30 at the Chisago Lake Township Hall at 12400 316th Street, Lindstrom, MN.
Since multiple years of treatment will be needed to achieve effective control of non-native Phragmites, we hope to slow the growth before it overtakes our shorelines and roadside ditches. But we can’t do it without your help. Please join us to stop the spread!
Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” An apt saying when it comes to dealing with Zebra Mussels. Best practice is to CLEAN your boat of any aquatic weeds before leaving the launch area, DRAIN water-related equipment such as your boat, bait-bucket or livewells of any water and DISPOSE of unwanted bait in the trash. If you want to keep your bait please replace the lake water with tap or bottled water.
Another way to be proactive is to be on the look out for Zebra Mussels on your dock posts as you pull your equipment out of the water for the season. The Chisago-Lindstrom Lakes Association has seven monitoring samplers on all four of our lakes: North Lindstrom, South Lindstrom, Chisago Lake and Kroon Lake.
If you don’t have access to a Zebra Mussel plant sampler and would like to assist our efforts – tie a rope around a small cinderblock and place it under your dock. The following link shows How to inspect a Zebra Mussel plant sampler
The Chisago Lake Lakes Improvement District has developed a rapid response plan in the event of Zebra Mussel detection. The earlier these Aquatic Invasive Species are detected the quicker we can start treatment.
Minnesota law requires docks and boat lifts to be out of the water for at least 21 days before putting them in another body of water.
When removing boats, docks, lifts, or other water-related equipment from lakes and rivers, carefully inspect everything to make sure there are no aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, or New Zealand mudsnails attached.
Look on the posts, wheels, and underwater support bars of docks and lifts, as well as any parts of boats, pontoons, and rafts that may have been submerged in water for an extended period. In newly infested waters, adult zebra mussels may not be abundant and you might notice only a few mussels on your equipment.
If you think you have discovered an invasive species that has not already been confirmed in your lake, contact your area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist.
Yesterday the Minneapolis Star Tribune published this article regarding the spread of Zebra Mussels. Since the DNR’s press release that Zebra Mussels were found in Comfort Lake recently, we all need to work diligently to keep them out of our lakes.