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Harvesting Concluded for 2017 Season

Harvester MachineThe LMCD concluded the harvesting season for 2017 for the public navigation areas for the Lake Minnetonka. Statistics are being compiled for a report that will be available at the end of the year. The concentration and spread of aquatic vegetation was significant this year in many bays. We appreciate everyone’s feedback and will be seeking additional input as part of the planning for next year’s harvesting program.  Please watch for a survey that is planned this fall.

Background Information
The LMCD started harvesting Eurasian Watermilfoil (EWM) and Curly-leaf pondweed on June 15, 2017 and finished on August 10, 2017. Native vegetation is not harvested unless mixed with Curly-leaf pondweed or Eurasian Watermilfoil. Harvesting historically has been budgeted for mid-June through mid-August to harvest public navigation areas such as channels and small lanes out to the lake. Full bays are not scheduled to be harvested. Harvesting does not occur during the week of the Fourth of July due to increased Lake traffic. The harvesters operate Monday through Thursday. The schedule may change due to weather or Lake conditions.

Completed Bays for Public Navigation During 2017 (June 15-August 10)
– Lafayette
– West side of Spring Park
– Phelps
– South side of Enchanted Island and Shady Island (South Upper Lake)
– Priest
– Cooks Bay
– Black
– Seton
– Emerald
– North Arm
– Crystal
– Maxwell
– Brown
– Smith
– Wayzata
– Grays
– St. Louis
– Big Island
– Lafayette- partial
– Gideons- partial
– Shady Island/Enchanted Island- Channel area

Please contact the LMCD if you have any questions or concerns.

Posted on: June 25th, 2017