The presence of Eurasian watermilfoil has been confirmed in a small lake in northern Minnesota, and boaters who venture into those waters are asked to be extra careful when cleaning their watercraft.
A House budget bill would change Minnesota’s law aimed at requiring watercraft owners to get training on how to spot and prevent aquatic invasive species. The House environment finance bill slated for committee action Tuesday would repeal the requirement that boaters affix a special trailer decal they would get after completing a training course on invasive species.
The Department of Natural Resources says invasive species were reported in two Kandiyohi County lakes last month. In mid-July, the DNR confirmed that there was Eurasian watermilfoil in Games Lake, about 7 miles east of Sunburg, Minn. That confirmation came after a lakeshore owner reported the infestation to authorities.
The DNR announced Thursday that Eurasian watermilfoil is growing in McCormack Lake in St. Louis County.
As boating season commences, the DNR wants to remind all “weekend captains” to do their part in preventing our lakes and rivers from being overrun by invasive species of plants and other aquatic life.
With the fishing season opener coming up Saturday, Minnesota is urging boaters to ‘pull the plug’ on aquatic invasive species.