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New Lake Management Plan Success

Rice Lake Situated in beautiful Northern Wisconsin has been harvesting fewer plants which in turn are producing clearer water and better water quality. How is that possible? Rice Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District, established in 1977 and making it one of the oldest in Wisconsin, has enacted a new management plan recommending the removal of invasive aquatic plants but not native plants.

The invasive plant not only affects populations of native plants, but has been known to impact fish by decreasing predator success, stunting fish year-classes and reducing spawning success. Curly-leaf pondweed grows in approximately 260 of Rice Lake's 936 acres. A goal of the management plan is to remove 80%, or 200 acres, of the curly-leaf pondweed annually while maintaining 40% of native aquatic plants like coontail and elodea.

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Government Shut-Down Leads to Weed Infested Waters - Due to a government shut-down, many Minnesota Lakes are becoming infested with weeds resulting in the inability to use the waters for recreation. Permits to harvest invasive weeds, which are issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, have been suspended because no one from the state is available to oversee the work. Normally, three weed harvesters would be cutting milfoil on Lake Minnetonka and another would be cutting weeds on Lake Calhoun. All of which has been suspended.

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