The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) is taking new steps to identify, prevent, and manage Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) threats on Lake Minnetonka.
Tell Us Your Ideas
June 18, 2019 at 6pm, 5341 Maywood Road, Mound.
Your input is wanted as part of the development of the Lake Minnetonka Vegetation & AIS Master Plan.
The development of the Lake Minnetonka Vegetation & Master Plan (Plan) launches with a public meeting scheduled for June 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Centennial Building, 5341 Maywood Road, Mound. With the changing landscape of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and ecology of Lake Minnetonka, having a holistic and scientific approach to effectively address the current and future health of Lake Minnetonka is critical. An important aspect of the process is stakeholder engagement and input. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to share their ideas.
The team of Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc. (EOR) and Blue Water Science (BWS) has been chosen to assist in the development of this Plan. Both EOR and BWS enjoy long-standing familiarity with Lake Minnetonka in conjunction with expertise in lake management and AIS. EOR has decades of experience in watershed planning, lake management, and have a history of engaging stakeholder involvement. Blue Water Science possesses a wealth of knowledge about AIS and lake ecology and will bring scientific rigor and ecological viability to the Plan.
On December 12, 2018, the LMCD Board agreed to proceed with a master plan to identify, prevent, and manage AIS on Lake Minnetonka. On January 9, 2019 the Board authorized the preparation of a request for proposal to contract with an AIS specialist to assist in the development of a lake-wide plan using a holistic, data-driven approach.
The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) has prepared and participated in numerous studies of aquatic invasive species (AIS) with emphasis on harvesting and chemical treatments of Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed. The AIS picture has been changing as new threats appear in Minnesota waters and all treatment methods have come under scrutiny. The most recent identification of starry stonewort in nearby Medicine Lake underscores the importance of minimizing the risk of exposure for Lake Minnetonka. 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.