We are proud sponsors of this year's Aquatic Invaders Summit. This is a key meeting for anyone interested in the future of our lakes, rivers, and streams. Please register here and we look forward to meeting you in person.
In partnership with Wildlife Forever, we attended this year's Minnesota DNR Round Table. There was much interest and much concern expressed by stakeholders about public access restrictions to our public lakes, rivers, and streams. The prposed Wright County access restrictions catalyzed this interest/concern. For more information on Minnesota DNR's Round Table here. For more information on Wright County's plan go here.
Ed recently had the pleasure of attending a Minnesota Chapter meeting of Backcountry Hunter and Anglers. As an organization, we were very pleased to hear about their concern and focus upon maintaining public access to our public waterways. To learn more about BHA please visit here.
Scientists at the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) connected the Mille Lacs walleye fisheries decline to spiny water flea and zebra mussels. In the Summer 2017 edition of Mazina'igan- A Chronicle of the Lake Superior Ojibwe they reported,
In 2005, zebra mussels were found in Mille Lacs Lake, which were most likely introduced by hitchhiking on boats and trailers or in bilge water. Similarly, spiny waterflea was introduced in 2009 and again, these organisms were most likely transported by unknowing boaters. These invasive species can compete with and consume native zooplankton (microscopic organisms that age-0 fish eat), which can negatively affect their population size. In fact, by 2012, the native zooplankton population decreased from ~60/liter to less than 20/liter, directly correlating with the increasing number of spiny waterfleas and zebra mussels in the lake.
That's greater than 60% reduction in the base food chain and it only took 6 years to happen on Mille Lacs. The resulting impacts trickled down to the greater community resulting in over $26 million in economic loss as reported by the Mille Lacs County tax assesor.
After a fantastic 2017 pilot, we have winterized all of our stations. They are covered, protected, and ready for spring 2018...as most Minnesotans already are.
I am deeply excited to write that we have installed the last of our 2017 pilot site locations. Hennepin County sponsored the site at the North Arm boat launch on Lake Minnetonka. Lake Minnetonka is one of the most popular lakes in Minnesota and thus has great AIS challenges.
The City of Eden Prairie (Minnesota) installed a CD3 Station at Lake Riley. The installwation was part of an overall boat ramp redesign. Modeled after the State Organization for Boating Access's (SOBA) best management practices for an aquatic invasive species cleaning area, this site has gotten incredible use rates.
Dr. Ed Rudberg, CEO of CD3, was an invited speaker at the State Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) 2017 Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Rudberg presented preliminary results from our 2017 Minnesota Pilot to aquatic invasive species and boatinga access professionals.