Water Action Day 2019

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.


Hiding in Plain Sight – Invasive Phragmites

Phragmitres Meeting
Invasive Phragmites Meeting – Thursday, October 25, 2018

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.

Ms. Bohnen described how to identify Invasive Phragmites and provided the following handout:  mnphrag_identification_guide_v6-18

The best time to treat Invasive Phragmites is late August – September using the following treatment plan:  invasive_phragmites_management_recommendations

Here is a link to her presentation: 2018 CLLA Invasive Phragmites Building Capacity.

If you think you might have Invasive Phragmites on your property, please use the comment button to send us a message.  We will be happy to come over and let you know.


Phragmites – Hiding in Plain Sight

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. MAISRC Phragmites Photo

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!


How to inspect for Zebra Mussels

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.


Help protect Minnesota waters from aquatic invasive species

reposted from the MN DNR website

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.

Zebra Mussels across MN

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.


Today’s paper published the second part of the article: