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Legislative Support to Combat Aquatic Invasive Species in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has produced findings on the condition of our lakes and rivers that can’t be ignored. The DNR has identified bodies of water that are infested with a number of invasive aquatic plants, including nearly 300 lakes with infestations of Eurasian water milfoil. Nearly 200 lakes and rivers are infested with zebra mussels.

The seriousness of invasive aquatic plant species and zebra mussels is often dwarfed by the growing threat of Asian carp that continue to migrate north and pose a threat of reaching northern Minnesota. Pictures of carp jumping into boats grab our attention. The problems related to weeds and mussels that clog lakes and choke off nutrients needed by fish are hidden below the surface.

It is encouraging that some positive signs are coming from St. Paul. Governor Mark Dayton and the Legislature are crafting a bonding bill that provides badly needed dollars to address the seriousness of many aquatic invasive species.

There is support for $6 million in bonding to assist the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at the University of Minnesota. The center operates in partnership with the DNR in the effort to combat plant infestations, zebra mussels and the spread of carp.

 
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