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Aquatic Invasive Species Funding in Minnesota is Blanketed in Controversy
The Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, charged with allocating money from the state's Legacy Fund for conservation projects, angered members of the Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations when it replaced the group's proposal with one of its own.

The coalition, which claims to represent more than 40,000 lake residents across the state, submitted a proposal to the council that would spend $25 million for boat cleaning stations around the state.

However, Outdoor Heritage Council lead by Chairman David Hartwell didn’t like the plan submitted and rather than rejecting the proposal, they changed it. The Outdoor Heritage council wants to broaden the focus to achieve a comprehensive strategy by asking local governments and private groups around the state for ideas to fight invasive species. Over five years, those ideas would be considered for matching grants, pilot projects would be developed and their effectiveness monitored.

 
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Dredging Project Stirs Up Old Complaints - Lake Placid, a 27,600-acre lake in Florida used to have a sand bottom and plenty of fish. Now, the spraying of invasive plants has deposited sediment from the vegetation after they decompose, creating a layer of silt that is almost 2 feet deep in some places. The silt stirs up in the water when boats pass, releasing a bad odor, making the water murky, and clogging boat engines.


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