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$826,000 AIS Battle In Koronis
Central Minnesotans have a front-row seat this year to watch what could be the most intense effort made in Minnesota to tackle an aquatic invasive species.

Lake Koronis is the battleground for an $826,000 pilot project responding to the state's first confirmed infestation of starry stonywort, an AIS the likes of which the state has never seen.

Starry stonywort is an algae, not a plant was discovered in the St. Lawrence River in 1978. Since then, it has spread to inland lakes in five states. Its dense vegetative mats settle over lake bottoms and grow to be several feet thick, changing a lake's ecosystem within three years and impacting everyone from swimmers to boaters.


 
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Boaters Work to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species - Eighty-seven percent of boaters and anglers said they remove plants from their boat before leaving the land in 2010 compared to 76 percent in 2009. Adopting this practice is important because boat traffic between lakes is the primary way that aquatic invasive plants such as Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curly-Leaf Pondweed spread to new, uninfected lakes.


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