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Iowa’s Protect Our Lakes initiative takes shape to halt spread of invasives

Several concentration bumps of the herbicide used to try to eliminate Eurasian watermilfoil on Iowa’s East Okoboji and the lower chain of lakes have been necessary as the active ingredient breaks down or dilutes. Some of this work had to be done through the thick winter ice. This February bump was one of those days. (Contributed photo)
On Aug. 3, 2022 Eurasian watermilfoil was found on East Okoboji and the lower chain of lakes. Mike Hawkins, Iowa DNR fisheries biologist, spearheaded a group of concerned residents and nonprofit organizations to decide how to address the situation. A new educational and preventative initiative called “Protect Our Lakes” is being spearheaded by and its five radio stations to help to get the word out to local residents, seasonal residents and tourists that these lakes are being threatened by invasive species and what we can all do to protect the Iowa Great Lakes.
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