The threat is real.
In the past decades Aquatic Invasive Species have spread
to an alarming number of our lake resources with often
devastating and lasting impact. Eurasian Water
Milfoil, Zebra Mussels, and Curlyleaf Pondweed infest new
lakes when transported by unclean boats.
The impact is extensive.
In Wisconsin over 400 lakes have Eurasian Water Milfoil
and 100 have been infested with Zebra Mussels. In
Minnesota, 188 lakes have Eurasian Water Milfoil and Zebra
Mussels have moved rapidly up the Mississippi River and into
inland lakes such as Lake Mille Lacs.
studies show the loss of water clarity will impact lakeshore
For instance if Leech Lake's water clarity were reduced by
one meter, per foot value would drop by $600, or $60,000 for
100 feet of lakeshore.
Associations have had to shoulder much of the costs
associated with managing Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).
Plymouth taxpayers contribute over $300,000 in a multi-year effort to clean Curlyleaf Pondweed
from Medicine Lake.