DNR: Zebra Mussels Confirmed In Forest LakeThe presence of the invasive species zebra mussels has been confirmed in Forest Lake, the Minnesota Department of Resources announced Friday.
Agencies Release $60M Plan For Asian Carp Detection, ControlGovernment agencies plan to spend nearly $60 million over the next two years in the battle to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could unravel food chains and harm native fish.
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock Closing To Stop Invasive CarpThe Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock will run its final cycle Tuesday night, costing Minneapolis its place as the head of navigation on the Mississippi River. Congress last year ordered the lock closed to try to stop the northward spread of invasive Asian carp up the Mississippi.
Despite Promising Treatment, Zebra Mussels Found In Christmas LakeAfter a new treatment appeared to rid Christmas Lake of zebra mussels, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the invasive aquatic species is back.
Gov. Dayton Casts Out On Lake Vermilion For Fishing OpenerGov. Mark Dayton was out on the water early Saturday morning -- He was fishing with Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk on Lake Vermilion, about 90 minutes north of Duluth, in Tower.
Christmas Lake Zebra Mussel Treatment Appears SuccessfulOfficials say initial results indicate a three-step treatment has been effective in ridding Christmas Lake in Shorewood of invasive zebra mussels. The Department of Natural Resources says divers last week found no evidence of zebra mussels where they were discovered last August in the boat launch area of the popular west metropolitan area lake.
House Budget Bill Rolls Back Invasive Species Boating RuleA 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.
DNA Tool Helping Biologists Find Elusive Or Invasive SpeciesWhen salmon, salamanders or other aquatic animals shed skin cells, they leave behind traces of their DNA in the water, like clues left behind at a crime scene.
Smart Phone App Will Help Blow Whistle On Invasive SpeciesA scientist has developed a smart phone application to help keep track of invasive species.
Obama Asks $50M Cut In Great Lakes Restoration EffortPresident Barack Obama's proposed budget for 2016 seeks a $50 million cut in a multi-year program to clean up the Great Lakes. The president's spending plan released Monday requests $250 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, down from $300 million appropriated for this year.
Invasive Snails Infest St. Louis River Estuary Scientists say a tiny but harmful snail species has taken up residence in the St. Louis River estuary. Doug Jensen of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program says the discovery of faucet snails marks a substantial range expansion for the invasive species. He says they're asking anglers, boaters and waterfowl hunters within the estuary to be especially vigilant about cleaning their boats, waders and other gear before leaving water accesses.
DNR: Zebra Mussels, Milfoil Found In Kandiyohi Co. Lakes 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.
DNR: Invasive Carp Found In Mississippi RiverThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says invasive carp have been found in the Mississippi River near Cottage Grove. The agency says commercial fishermen under contract with the DNR netted two adult invasive carp in Pool 2 Thursday.
DNR Steps Up Fight Against Zebra Mussels It's the first day of a new job for Erik Ziegler. The Vermillion College student is on summer break, and working the front line of Minnesota's war against zebra mussels. "If you sell a boat, a trailer or a lift and someone else buys it, I mean, [zebra mussels] can even be transported to another lake and it will just spread like wildfire," Ziegler said.
DNR Teaches Fly Fishing - By And For Women Fishing season is in full swing in Minnesota. You might have tried casting a line from a boat or a dock, but what about from waist-deep water? Fly fishing can be fun for everyone, but a DNR program is showing women in particular how the sport can also relieve stress.