Stop the Spread

Join us in asking for a halt in adding new public boat
accesses UNTIL the DNR solves the problem of boats
spreading aquatic invasive species from lake to lake.

Many of our state's lakes are infested with a number of invasive species. According to the DNR:

"Minnesota's natural resources are threatened by invasive species such as the zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, purple loosestrife, gypsy moth, and garlic mustard. These species, along with new invasive species, could be easily spread within the state if citizens, businesses, and visitors don't take necessary steps to contain them....

"Their populations can often rapidly increase allowing them to disrupt native plant communities and crowd out native species. By changing habitat, they can also affect species beyond those they may directly displace. They can cause problems for those who use natural resources, whether for recreational use of land or waters or industrial use of public waters. Once established, invasive species rarely can be eliminated."

The aquatic invasive species are spread as boaters go from lake to lake, bringing along these often microscopic species on their boats from an infested lake to one that is not. Area lakes with DNR public boat access, such as Pike, Island and Fish, are some of the most affected.

The DNR own conservation officers say that adequate inspection is impossible with all of our lakes and accesses:

"Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, and it’s just so many lakes and accesses it’s very difficult. How do you inspect everybody?”
 
On Lake Le Homme Dieu, conservation officer Mike Shelden pondered the same question. He is responsible for enforcing regulations on more than 50 lakes, and that’s just part of his job.
 
He said it’s not practical to think invasive species can be stopped.
 
“It just takes one bad apple that completely disregards what we’re trying to get them to do and that’s how you transfer it from one lake to another,” he said.”

So why does the DNR insist on new public boat launches which are likely to increase the spread of these invasive species?

Instead let's urge the DNR to use its resources to

1. Clean up already infected lakes

2. Increase monitoring at current accesses

3. Find a solution to this problem... not keep spreading it by their insistence on more accesses