Aquatic Invasive Species – A New Invasive Arrives – Starry Stonewort

In late August the MN DNR listed two connected lakes in Stearns County, Lake Koronis and Mud Lake, as infested with a new aquatic invasive species, Starry Stonewort. It is perhaps the most destructive “plant” now in the state. Starry stonewort is actually an algae, and grows in thick stringy matts in depths from 2 feet to 20 feet. It will overpower even eurasian watermilfoil, fills in bass and panfish spawning beds, and makes it nearly impossible to use a lake recreationally – boats have a hard time getting through the stringy mats.

Even small fragments of the plant can start an infestation elsewhere, and the starry stonewort was growing all around the DNR access on Lake Koronis. It is impossible to get a boat in or out of the lake without churning through this pest, picking up these fragments. MLR immediately called for closure of this access site, but the MN DNR stalled, claiming that Minnesota has a long history of providing lake access.

The central question became what is the resource that the MN DNR must protect, access to lakes or the health of those lakes – the resource. The Stearns County Commissioners, the local lake association, and even a local resort owner all called for closure of the access until a mitigation plan could be executed. MLR urged closure at the AIS Advisory Committee meeting. Finally the MN DNR decided to close the access, and try to treat the infestation to reduce the risk of spread.

Don’t allow this to happen in Lake Minnewashta. Our lake protection protocol requires that all watercraft be inserted at the Carver County Parks boat launch before launching. This serves as an opportunity to educate everyone on the hazards of AIS as well as offers protection against allowing new infestations into our lake. The LMPA continues to support and applaud the collaboration of the DNR, the Carver County Parks, our county commissioners and our lake users at making this happen.

 

 

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2015 LMPA Annual Meeting Highlights

A small but energetic crowd gathered at Camp Tanadoona on Sunday, 9/27/15. We enjoyed a delicious pot luck dinner and heard the story of Christmas Lake’s Zebra Mussel infestation and subsequent actions from Joe Shneider, their Association president. Steve Gunther, the LMPA president, offered a summary of the highlights and concerns for the 2015 season. and suggested actions from the LMPA members. The full presentation is posted below for more information.

The Highlights:

  • No Zebra Mussel infestations occurred in our lake
  • Carver County and the Watershed District continue to improve their AIS prevention support
  • Lake resident monitors have been deployed to improve alert of a Zebra Mussel infestation
  • State and local money is available and flowing to projects that will improve water quality
  • Aquatic invasive weed levels continue to improve
  • Good communication among our neighbors

The Concerns

  • The threat of new and more devastating invasive species continues
  • We have holes in our AIS prevention system
  • Lake Quality Rating has degraded LMPA
  • Donor participation numbers are shrinking
  • We are one careless or uneducated lake user away from changing our lake quality forever

What We’d Like from You

  • Do your part to help us meet our mission to keep Lake Minnewashta beautiful and to preserve its water quality
  • Use a Permitted Lake Service Provider when working on your shore
  • Don’t move a mussel from infested lakes via watercraft, toys or lifts
  • Clean Drain and Dry your boat before and after launching
  • Plant a shoreline buffer strip and use available grant money to help
  • Keep debris out of the storm drains, especially leaves
  • Register your email address on our website http://lakeminnewashta.org
  • Volunteer for a committee, neighborhood captain or the board
  • Make a tax-deductible donation tonight

2015 Lake Minnewashta Annual Mtg slides FINAL

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LMPA Board Meeting scheduled for 9/24 at 7PM

This is an open invitation to anyone interested in attending our Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association board of directors meeting. Our next meeting is set for Thursday September 24th at 7PM. It will be held at Steve and Helen Gunther’s home at 3628 Hickory Road.

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Annual Lake Minnewashta Annual Meeting, Pot Luck Dinner and Garage Sale – 9/27/15

  • Date: Sunday 9/27/15
  • Time: 4-7pm
  • Place: Camp Tanadoona, Tanadoona Drive, Chanhassen

The Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association is hosting its Annual Meeting, Pot Luck Dinner and Lake Garage Sale. This is a great opportunity to get together with your neighbors and meet new lake neighbors. There will also be a short meeting of the LMPA to wrap up 2015 and make plans for 2016.

We hope you join us. This event will take place rain or shine. We will be in the dining hall at Camp Tanadoona.

Picnic: Hot Dogs will be provided. Please bring something to share and BYOB. There may also be some beer provided by Excelsior Brewing Company.

Garage Sale: This will be an opportunity to get rid of your unwanted lake equipment and toys, and for other folks to get some good deals on some new (used) toys. For larger items, please bring a picture. A 20% contribution from any sale is suggested to the LMPA or you can donate the entire sale towards the LMPA as a contribution towards our water quality management program.

Please RSVP (so we have an idea of how many hot dogs we will need) to Helen Gunther @ Phone: 612-986-4073 Email: hgunther57@gmail.com

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Save the Date – Annual Meeting & Picnic is Sunday 9/27 at 4PM

The Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association’s Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner is set for Sunday, September 27th. It will be held at Camp Tanadoona (3300 Tanadoona Drive) from 4PM to 7PM. We’ll grill up some hot dogs for you but please bring a beverage and a dish to share. Come and visit with your neighbors and learn about what’s happening on the lake!

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2nd Annual Camp Tanadoona Volunteer Day on Saturday, September 26

Help keep the water around Lake Minnewashta clean and plan to volunteer at the 2nd annual Tanadoona Volunteer Day on Saturday, September 26. Families are welcome (we’ll have projects for youth ages 6+).

Tanadoona Volunteer Day
Saturday, September 26
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Camp Tanadoona

Be part of the #Next100 taking action in 2015 at Tanadoona’s Volunteer Day!
Join Camp Fire and Greater Twin Cities United Way for an afternoon outdoors helping to protect the natural beauty of Tanadoona. Please register in advance.

Everyone is welcome!
We’ll have age appropriate activities for youth ages 6-10, while adults and youth ages 10 and up will help remove buckthorn, spread woodchips, paint, and more.

Buckthorn’s rapid growth creates a canopy over soil preventing natural vegetation from growing. This project is aimed at reducing erosion and ultimately improving area water quality thanks to funding provided by the RBC Blue Water Project.

This year’s event not only supports Camp Tanadoona and Lake Minnewashta’s water quality, but also United Way’s #Next100 campaign – which celebrates 100 years of United Way in the Twin Cities. United Way is a great partner of Camp Fire. In addition to Camp Fire leadership, United Way’s Sarah Caruso (CEO) and Kate Mortenson (board member) will be on hand to thank volunteers!

We’d appreciate registrations by September 18. See details and register at www.campfiremn.org/volunteer

 

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