2022 Minnesota DNR AIS Grants are Open Deadline is Monday, February 21 | 9am
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Invasive Species Program will be offering grants for the control of aquatic invasive plants in 2022. The application deadline is 9:00 a.m. Monday, February 21. Like last year, application review will not be on a first-come, first-served basis, and all on-time and completed applications will be considered for funding. More information has been posted to the AIS Control Grant Program Webpage.
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 to work on over the winter to hit the ground running next spring.
Click here to take a look.
2021 Spring Meeting Review
Wright County Coalition of Lake Associations (WCCOLA)
Wright Soil and Water Conservation District (WSWCD)
On May 1st, 2021, the WCCOLA and WSWCD hosted their Spring Meeting. The virtual meeting was well attended with 16 Wright County lakes being represented. Below is a summary of the content-rich meeting and links to the presentations.
- WCCOLA Election of Officers
- Review of Pleasant Lake Starry Stonewort Control by Kevin Bergstrom
- Early detection is the key! Robust mapping, hand harvesting, and chemical treatment are used to control the invasive.
- WSWCD Soil Resiliency Projects by Dan Nadeau
- Many high value soil resiliency projects to reduce erosion and subsequent nutrient loading to lakes, rivers, and streams.
- WSWCD AIS Control and Water Quality Monitoring by Alicia O’Hare
- All the details about the volunteer water quality monitoring process and AIS control in Wright County.
- RMB Laboratories Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring by Ellie Kriese
- Training materials and a great refresher course for water quality sampling.
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center | Big Wins in 2021
The Wright County Coalition of Lake Association supports the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. Their annual report is available.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and a copy will be mailed to you.