Monday, June 29, 2009

The Path To Invasive Species Is Paved With Good Intentions

In the wake of this Gazette story over the weekend comes an email from a loyal reader.
People trying to help revive Lake Leota could be endangering the newly
refilled lake.

DNR Conservation Warden Boyd Richter has cited one person for
releasing fish in Lake Leota. The person who was caught got a $1,133
ticket, Richter said.

Reader PC writes:
Maybe The Happy Circumstance can help remind people that we need to
keep things like VHS, Eurasian watermillfoil and the rusty crayfish out of Lake
Leota as long as possible. Things are not like they were in the 1950's. We are
dealing with very serious problems with our lakes.

Gibbs lake is a poster child for Eurasian watermillfoil and is about 7
miles from Leota as the crow flies.Everyone should go take a good look at the
millfoil problem in Gibbs lake. It only takes a small piece to introduce it to a
new body of water.

We all have a part to play in keeping the lakes clean. It can sometimes start with the things we don't do.

1 comment:

Paul Cargill said...

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