Invasive Species

WLBCR Updated AIS Plan

On May 16, 2020 the WLBCR Lakes Association board approved an updated AIS Plan. The plan was updated on June 22, 2020 to include information on mystery snails and crusty crayfish. The plan acknowledges and follows the Cass County AIS Prevention and Management Plan as approved by the Cass County Board of Commissioners on 3/20/2020 and supports the Minnesota state law: Clean your watercraft, Drain all water, Dispose of unused bait. The plan identifies general strategies to be implemented to educate property owners and the public, in order to greatly reduce or prevent AIS from entering the lakes.

In the News

Zebra mussel genome has been identified by researchers at MAISRC (MN AIS Research Center) See StarTribune article of July 11, 2019: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-scientists-map-genome-of-invasive-zebra-mussel/512555322/

MAISRC website: https://www.maisrc.umn.edu/zebramussel-research

Minnesota Infested Waters

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regularly updates the state infested waters list, which includes Minnesota lakes and rivers containing certain aquatic invasive species. There is also a downloadable Excel spreadsheet, which is the most complete version of the infested waters list. Another resource is the EDDSMaps site which lists MN infested waters. EDDSMaps www.eddmaps.org/midwest/tools/infestedwaters/

Reporting a Suspected Invasive Species

If you suspect a new infestation of an aquatic invasive plant or animal, note the date, the exact location, and, if possible, take several photos and keep the specimen (a plastic bag is fine). Then, be sure to contact the AIS specialist for our region:

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