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January 14, 2007 - Invasive Quagga mussels found in Duluth harbor

November 6, 2006 - AIS impact: Quagga mussels and Round Goby killing Loons

May 23, 2006 - Outdoors finding bill fails in legislature

May 12, 2006 - War on Zebra mussels: 'Now or Never'

2001 - Zebra mussel impact on fisheries and Bluebill Duck Population in Wisconsin

June 27, 2005 - Lake Minnetonka man drowns after being entangled with Milfoil

August 12, 2005 - Zebra Mussels found on Lake Mille Lacs

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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, 177 lakes have Eurasian Water Milfoil and Zebra Mussels have moved rapidly up the Mississippi River and into inland lakes such as Lake Mille Lacs. 

Property Values Impacted Management Costs

Recent studies show the loss of water clarity will impact lakeshore property values. 

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.

Lake Associations have had to shoulder much of the costs associated with managing Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).

Recently, Plymouth taxpayers contributed over 3 million dollars in a multi-year effort to clean Curlyleaf Pondweed from Medicine Lake.