What plans does the DNR have to control excess weeks in Minnesota's lakes? Who do you contact with a problem?
Allison Gamble, the DNR's invasive species specialist for the southern region of Minnesota said:
Minnesota is home to about 150 species of aquatic plants, most of which are beneficial native species. When native plants interfere with boating or swimming some control may be desired, but most native aquatic plants need protection, not elimination, because they provide habitat and food for fish and wildlife, they protect water clarity and quality and limit erosion of shoreline. At the same time, aquatic plants, particularly invasive aquatic plants, can produce dense growths that can interfere with the use of our lakes. For this reason, the DNR allows control of aquatic plants, often by owners of the shoreline who want to gain access to open water.
Allison Gamble, invasive species specialist for the southern region, based in Sakatah Lake State Park: firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-362-8786.
Durel Carstensen, aquatic plant management specialist for the southern region, based in New Ulm: email@example.com, or 507-359-6046
Thanks for asking!