Chris Niskanen: Decontamination effort is keeping one lake free of zebra mussels

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A visit to Lake Powell decontamination station is required by boaters if they've traveled to other "high-risk" lakes that have zebra mussels. Full Story
good plan

Waconia, MN

#1 Jan 19, 2011
Great plan! Just a common sense approach to potentially solve a problem boaters by themselves simply can't do without proper tools such as this project utilizes. Cutting down to 4 good, big, modern day access points on Lake Mille Lacs would make this doable! And making it mandatory for boaters going through a resort to have the inspection ticket in place before they launch at the resort. Boaters, simply, can not physically do it on their own without such tools and are unfairly ticketed now as things stand. As it is now, even with the greatst of intentions and effort, it is NOT possible to clean the boat to the laws standards, after one pulls out of the lake--at least until they get home to better tools etc. Sell an annual permit to ones that want one(guides etc.) and then make sure they have an updated inspection tag as they enter the lake each day. No more free public accesses but oh well! Until then...don't write tickets between the lake and home as it is NOT possbile for boaters to comply with today's law/rules. Steve Fellegy
good plan

Waconia, MN

#2 Jan 19, 2011
And FYI--I am ALL for writing tickets at present time, as peaple ENTER a lake access point without a perfectly clean boat. No excuse once you been home and had a good chance to clean weeds etc., off the rig--having the right tools at hand to use. Leaving the lake/on the hiway enroute home etc.? Not fair! Even the CO's can't clean the boats at the ramp in many cases per the rules now! I will be glad to show anyone this coming summer.....Steve Fellegy
Tom Weyandt

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jan 19, 2011
Sure it's a good plan for there. It seems as if it would be financially impossible to do even on Mille Lacs. First you would have to close down all of the resort based ramps, probably a killer move for most of them. Secondly you would have to dramatically increase the size of current ramps to accommodate the increased parking if only 4 ramps were available. Then you would have to invest $30k a piece for even the lower end equipment. Spend what to man the stations? Would it be 24/7 during summer? Open water? Daytime only?

Not a snowball's chance of getting the funding for that in this political climate.

Then consider which lakes you would protect and the screaming that would happen if you didn't protect my lake. So do you somehow determine which lakes have more than 500 launches a season? 1,000? 50?

What about the ducks, deer etc. that could be carrying the bugs from one place to the next?

I am all for efforts to stop or at least slow down the invasives but I just can't see this one working in MN. Obviously it deserves a strong look and could be part of the solution for part of the problem on part of the lakes.
earnedit

Big Lake, MN

#4 Jan 19, 2011
except Mille lacs already has zebra mussels... oops, another crazy sternberg idea...
heavyduty

AOL

#5 Jan 19, 2011
We have to pay to get into State Parks - they are open only certain hours - so why not the lakes? Since when did fishing "rule" the lakes? What about water skiing, jet skiing - recreating -- tough with all the razor-sharp Zebra Mussel shells - BTW - the ZM mussel shells are like razors and cuts the fishing line - too bad he DNR didn't protect our waters earlier when they were first in the state - instead of making the public believe there is nothing that could be done - SHAME SHAME on them!!
Forester

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jan 20, 2011
sounds good, but are boaters willing to pay $25. and wait in line 30 minutes every time they want to launch their boat? They scream when there is talk of adding $2 to the price of their annual fishing license.
waterlover

Bemidji, MN

#7 Jan 22, 2011
If they don't like the cost, don't go. I'm sorry but as an owner of property in Alexandria on a lake with muscles already in it, I'd gladly go through a decontamination station when pulling out to go someplace else. I rarely take my boat out and go elsewhere but as it is now I pull it out a week before I plan to go to another lake so that it dries out good. I'm already stuck with stupid things but I don't want others to end up dealing with them because of me.

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