Starry Trek | Registration is Open

Starry Trek is a state-wide search for starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species.

It will take place on Saturday August 20th from 8am-1pm.
Wright Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a site at the Clearwater/Pleasant Park in Annandale. Click here for more information and registration.

Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations | 2022 Member Meeting–Great Presentation

WCCOLA is a member of the Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations. In June they had their Annual Member Meeting, and had a great speaker on the impact on lake resiliency because of vanishing natural shoreline.

Click here for the 35 minute presentation by Rebecca Carlson, Resiliency Resources and Paul Radomski, MN DNR.

U of Minnesota Wake Boat Research Phase II to Study Prop Wash

Help fund wake surf research

Phase I of the wake boat research focused on the waves generated by wake boats in comparison to other watercraft. The results showed that wake boats require greater distances to reduce their wave characteristics. Building on Phase I’s findings, U of M researchers will now focus on characterizing propeller wash, which is a general term for the turbulent jet produced by the boat motor and propeller. The propeller wash produced by large recreational boats is powerful, and has the potential to cause mixing of the water column and suspension of inorganic sediment (silts and sands) and organic detritus. Learn more about propeller wash here.

Click here for more information about how to contribute to this research.

Wright County Watercraft Decontamination 2022 Season

May 27 to September 25

9am to 5pm Seven days a week | 1300 Business Blvd, Annandale

Wright County Soil and Water will once again offer courtesy watercraft decontaminations. The pressurized, hot water procedure will decrease the chance of spreading aquatic invasive species. There is no charge for this valuable service; if you are moving watercraft from lake to lake, get it decontaminated to reduce the chance of spreading aquatic invasive species.

WCCOLA 2022 Spring Meeting Recap

The Wright County Coalition of Lakes Spring meeting (in person) was well attended, with 20-25 Wright County lakes being represented.

The meeting was content rich–check it out below and use the links to review the presentations.

–Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations, Executive Committee Jim Kutnzer provided timely information about state water issues: proposed MN watercraft operator’s license, continuing wake-boat research, and MN DNR Boater’s Survey. Click here for the presentation.

–Wright Soil and Water, Water Resource Specialist Alicia O’Hare updated us on all things water in Wright County (access monitoring, AIS control, and more). Click here for the presentation.

–The Cedar Lake/Schroeder Park CD3 (self-serve watercraft cleaning station) was on-site. The CD3 is very popular on Cedar with 300+ users a year.

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates | Lake Steward Program

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers has a great program for your lake association to promote shoreline stewardship. Tools, program administration, and all the details are in a tidy package. This is a great project for your lake association; click here to take a short 10 question quiz to “score your shore”.

Click here for more information.

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Starry Stonewort: Our newest Foe

Starry stonewort is one of the newer aquatic invaders–particularly fearsome due to its aggressive nature and ability to mat and interfere with habitat and recreation. Here are a couple of great videos to provide more information:

Overview of Starry Stonewort from U of Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

4 Minute Video on How to Identify Starry Stonewort

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Wright County Coalition of Lake Associations Directory

Want to connect with other lakes in your area? A Wright County directory of lakes is available. Please email Kathy Jonsrud at kjonsrud@yahoo.com and a copy will be mailed to you.