Lake Mille Lacs has been all over the news lately for the infamous fishery collapse and continued closure of walleye fishing, caused at least in part by damage from Aquatic Invasive Species.
Last week, CD3 went up to the lake for the 2017 Lake Health Conference, held at Mcquoid's Inn right by the lakeshore. We wanted to see for ourselves how local management was proceeding, and what the stakeholders in the area had in mind for preserving the important resource that is Mille Lacs lake.
It was inspiring to see the way the community is coming together to protect the lake, and how everyone in the area plays a part-- We saw presentations from engineering groups, landscapers, and DNR representatives (who stressed the importance of keeping boats clean and free of invasive species).
We were also excited to see a familiar face-- Doug Jensen of the University of MN Sea Grant Program and the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers (SAH) campaign was presenting on data collected on Mille Lacs in the last years and the potential threats still facing the lake from emerging and established AIS. Doug has been a longtime friend of CD3, and we couldn't agree more with the goal of the SAH campaign-- Empowering boaters to stop the spread of AIS, just like CD3 stations do! Doug does fantastic work and we wouldn't have the traction we do if not for his guidance.
All in all, it was heartening to see so many people who care about the lake and are striving to make sure this important ecosystem bounces back-- We're proud to be a cog in this larger machine that is the cooperative effort to stop AIS, and we hope you'll join us by Cleaning, Draining, Drying, and Disposing of bait next time you take your boat out.