Aitkin County SWCD needs the public’s help

Aitkin County SWCD needs the public’s help

In a half day, Saturday August 17, hundreds of volunteers in Minnesota and Wisconsin will gather at local lakes (Farm Island Lake in Aitkin County), and then spread out to other lakes looking for several different aquatic invasive species (AIS), with a focus on starry...

Loon study keynotes VLA annual meeting

Some area lake associations may soon be deploying more loon nesting platforms as part of a $7.5 million BP oil spill settlement approved last fall. Longtime loon researcher Kevin Kenow discussed that and much more about loons as part of his keynote talk to the 51st...

Spread of invasive plant could change strategy

The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency is planning an underwater examination to determine how badly the lake is infested with starry stonewort. At an emergency meeting Aug. 8, leaders of the environmental agency said they will send an expert to probe the bottom of...

Starry Stonewort: A Primer on an Aggressive, Invasive Species

An ancient plant like macro alga which forms large, dense mats. It grows in water from 0.5>10m in depth. Depth of the mats can be 3m. Mats can be so dense they impede boating or paddling. At the peak of the growing season, late July to late September, they appear like...