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Feedback Sought Regarding De-icing/Aeration Regulations

Lake Minnetonka is a great recreational resource in winter for fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and other types of activities.  LMCD regulations balance the importance of protecting people who recreate on the lake with the requests to protect dock structures using de-icing/aeration systems. According to the Preliminary 2020 Minnesota Boating Accident and Drowning Summary Prepared by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – Boat and Water Safety as of 7/5/2020, a man drowned this winter on Olson Lake after the snowmobile he was operating went into open water near an aeration system.  A workgroup was created to review de-icing regulations; and consider technology, best practices, inspection observations, and general environmental issues. As a result, some changes to the code are being suggested.  

Your input is requested regarding the proposed code changes. More information about this project can be found in the De-icing Operations Project Outline HERE. The draft code amendment can be viewed HERE.  Please provide any feedback to the LMCD office by August 2, 2020.

Thank you for helping to preserve and enhance the Lake Minnetonka experience!

Posted on: July 26th, 2020