MCWD ramping up early detection monitoring in 2015 Based on the success of the first year of an early detection monitoring program that aims to catch new aquatic invasive species before a full-blown infestation, MCWD will expand its monitoring efforts to about 45 water bodies in 2015.
The District launched the program in 2014 to both find possible infestations early and to determine exactly which aquatic invasive species are in the lakes and streams across the watershed. The program included frequent searches of water bodies considered at high risk for new infestation.
The program most notably led to the discovery of zebra mussles in Christmas Lake in August, which allowed the District, Minnesota DNR, City of Shorewood and Christmas Lake Association to conduct a rapid response to the infestation. If no mussels are discovered in the lake this spring, it will be the first documented zebra mussel eradication in a Minnesota lake. District staff also discovered and removed Eurasian watermilfoil in Saunders Lake as part of the program.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is committed to a leadership role in maintaining and enhancing the integrity of the District's water resources. This section of the website will help you understand what you can do individually, and what we are doing collectively through government agencies, to prevent AIS at bay in our watershed.
The presence or introduction of aquatic invasive species (AIS) threatens the quality of aquatic ecosystems. AIS decrease recreational opportunities, alter the food chain and quality of fishing, decrease property values, and increase the private and public costs of managing and controlling their presence.
Most invasive species present today have been introduced by human activity, including:
Accidental release from contaminated waterbodies, via boats, docks or other equipment
Accidental release from contaminated or mislabeled bait
Aquarium hobbyists and water gardeners dumping fish and/or plants into a waterbody
Sadly there is no safe technique to get rid of
most AIS once they’re established. While researchers work on long-term solutions,
the only way to keep them out of our waterways is for Minnesotans to pitch in and
take responsibility for their own equipment. If we all take a few small steps
to avoid infesting new waters, we can hopefully stop AIS from