The LMCD harvesting program is suspended this year to undertake the development of a Lake-Wide Vegetation & AIS Master Plan (Plan). The AIS picture has been changing as new threats appear in Minnesota waters and across the nation. With the changing landscape of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and ecology of Lake Minnetonka, having a comprehensive, scientific approach to effectively address the current and future health of Lake Minnetonka is critical. With the loss of grants, the AIS and harvesting budget has decreased over the years while the challenges and needs to protect the lake continue to rise. A viable, science-based master plan will help determine the costs of an effective vegetation management program and sustainable funding sources.
All types of vegetation treatment methods (mechanical, chemical, etc.) have come under scrutiny. There are strong opinions favoring certain treatment methods, but there are equally strong opinions favoring other methods. There are advantages and limitations to all treatment methods. As part of the Master Plan, the harvesting program and alternatives will be reviewed by a team of experts hired to assist in the development of the plan.
We understand that the suspension of the harvesting program may inconvenience many people this season. The late, cool start and high water slowed vegetation growth in spring but growth will likely increase over summer. Your input is important to obtain a broad perspective about management of lake vegetation. Further, it is important for the public to submit information about problematic or desirable vegetation so it can be considered as part of the review for the master plan. If you observe navigation problems, please contact the LMCD office or use the mapping feedback tool link provided below.
Stakeholder participation and support of other agencies, cities, businesses, neighborhood groups, and interested parties will be part of the process to help facilitate a successful project. By working together, we can protect and enhance the Lake Minnetonka experience for future generations.
For vegetation management in private dock use areas, you may consider contracting with a vegetation management professional such as a private harvester, diver, chemical applicator or similar.
Learn about the new initiative to identify, prevent, and manage AIS and other lake vegetation at the Lake Minnetonka Vegetation & AIS Master Plan Webpage- https://lmcd.org/aquatic-invasive-species/new-ais-initiatives/Posted on: July 17th, 2019