(Minnesota DNR file photo)As ice comes off of southern Minnesota lakes, evidence of this year’s harsh winter is washing up along the shorelines. While dead and dying fish washing ashore can be discouraging to see, it’s the result of a natural process called “winterkill,” according to biologists with the Minnesota DNR. “Shallow lakes like we have in southern Minnesota are…
Subzero temps can be good for the state’s many lakes by curbing the growth of harmful algae and reducing water loss.
With 26 days until the opener, there’s reportedly 25 inches of ice on the host lake. And Green Lake is far from the only Minnesota waterway that’s on pace for record-late ice-out.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week kicked off the first in a series of four summits addressing upstate lakes and other waterways threatened by harmful algal blooms, which can affect water quality and diminish recreational opportunities and tourism. “Harmful algal blooms are poison,” the Democrat said at an event in New Paltz, 65 miles south of Albany. “These…
MADISON, Wis. — The majority of Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers recently assessed by the state DNR received a good bill of health, continuing a trend of improved surface water quality across the state, according to a DNR news release Wednesday, Nov. 15. At the same time the DNR is working to identify new waterways to target for pollution reduction plans….
Water quality on the lakes reportedly has improved because of lower temperatures and wetter conditions.
Lawmakers on the study committee voted 13-2 for a draft bill that restores access to nearly 30 lakes for public recreation hampered after a recent state Supreme Court decision on publicly-owned bodies of water over privately-owned land. The longstanding issue has vexed landowners and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Lakes reportedly so contaminated with road salt that they’ll no longer support native fish and plants within three decades.
Study confirms how common chemicals are in surface water, albeit at very low levels
Itching to get out on the lakes and enjoy the new ice? Tread lightly – or better yet, not at all – on lakes that include aeration features.