The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) is taking new steps to identify, prevent, and manage Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) threats on Lake Minnetonka.
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.
With the introduction of starry stonewort in a nearby lake, the uncertainty of hybrid Eurasian watermilfoil, and other threats to the Lake, the need for a master plan is underscored. In the meantime, it is likely that the harvesting program will be temporarily suspended for the 2019 summer season to allow us to focus our resources on this important endeavor. The Board and staff look forward to working with all lake stakeholders. More information is provided below.
LMCD ISSUES RFP FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDIES OF LAKE MINNETONKA AND DEVELOPMENT OF VEGETATION & AIS MASTER PLAN
DEADLINE MARCH 26, 2019 AT 4:30PM
The LMCD is seeking proposals from interested and qualified specialists to develop a Vegetation & AIS Master Plan for Lake Minnetonka. The deadline is March 26, 2019.>>>View RFP.
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.