Aquatic invasive species

Boat registration fee increase goes into effect – and toward invasive species prevention

(Minnesota DNR)A broadly-supported measure that went into effect today (Monday, July 1) is intended to significantly enhance aquatic invasive species prevention and management in Minnesota, the state DNR said in a news release Monday. The increase in the aquatic invasive species watercraft surcharge on the three-year watercraft registration increased from $5 to $10.60. This is the first increase in the…

Carp removal project kicks off at Lake Minnetonka headwaters

Above, below: On Friday, Sept. 7, crews pulled up the first nets that have been set in Steiger Lake in Victoria. (Photos by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District)The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), in coordination with Three Rivers Park District, Carver County, the City of Victoria, and the rest of the Six Mile Creek-Halsted Bay Subwatershed Partnership, is beginning the first…

In Montana, boats coming from Lake Powell undergo additional AIS examination

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)With the proliferation of adult quagga mussels in Lake Powell, on the border of Utah and Arizona, watercraft from this lake that are entering Montana will be subject to additional measures at watercraft inspection stations to ensure they are free from aquatic invasive species. Lake Powell is on the Colorado River and invasive mussels are…

Lake Tahoe groups support fight against invasive species

The invasive species include Eurasian water milfoil.TRUCKEE, Calif. — A conservation group and a coalition of municipal drinking water providers at Lake Tahoe have pitched in to try to stunt the growth of invasive aquatic plants that can degrade water quality and rob the lake of its famed clarity. The Tahoe Fund and the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association recently reached…

Plant diversity doesn’t protect from aquatic invaders, study says

The findings show the importance of taking preventative steps to halt the spread of invasive species, such as cleaning, draining and drying boats before moving them into a different body of water.ST. PAUL, Minn. — New research from the University of Minnesota has found no evidence that a diverse plant community in lakes keeps aquatic invaders from taking hold. The…

South Dakota parks continue to step up zebra mussels containment efforts

(Photo by Brian Peterson)YANKTON, S.D. — Conservation officials in a southeast South Dakota park are ramping up containment of invasive zebra mussels for the upcoming season. Tourists nationwide visit Yankton’s Lewis and Clark Recreation Area, which has become infested with the damage-causing mussels. Conservation officer Dan Altman told the Yankton Press & Dakotan that they’re trying to manage the mussels…

Asian carp fish cakes chef’s bid to help control the invasive species

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana chef hopes to control invasive Asian carp by marketing them as Silverfin fish cakes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says in a news release late last week that Chef Philippe Parola’s Silverfin Group Inc. will sell the fish cakes nationally to restaurants, caterers and schools, primarily through SYSCO food distributors. Parola has…

Zebra mussels continue to find their way into Texas waters

(Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)AUSTIN — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists have classified Lake Georgetown as infested with an established, reproducing population of invasive zebra mussels and have also changed the status of Lake Livingston to fully infested. Lake Georgetown is a 1,297-acre impoundment controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, located just north of…

Zebra mussels confirmed in Hennepin County’s Medicine Lake

The Minnesota DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Medicine Lake, northwest of Minneapolis in Plymouth in Hennepin County. A lakeshore property owner notified the DNR and Three Rivers Park District staff, when a lake service provider business found one adult zebra mussel on a dock they were removing from the lake. DNR invasive species staff confirmed two more adult zebra…

Zebra mussels confirmed in Stearns County’s Knaus Lake

The Minnesota DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Knaus Lake, southwest of St. Cloud in Stearns County, the agency said in a news release Thursday, Nov. 2. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed two adult zebra mussels on a dock and an adjacent water intake pipe in Knaus Lake, and three more attached to docks at the Lions Park public access…

Zebra mussels confirmed in lakes in Crow Wing, Itasca counties

(Photo by Brian Peterson)The Minnesota DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Serpent Lake in Crow Wing County and in Dora Lake and connected waters in Itasca County. A lake service provider business removing a dock from Serpent Lake contacted the DNR after finding several suspected zebra mussels. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed zebra mussels attached to vegetation hanging from a…