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Please read the notice below about the upcoming water treatment project that will take place in
South Lake Lida in late May / early June 2019 – it explains important details about your rights as a
property owner
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Notice is hereby given that the Lake Lida Property Owners Association (LLPOA) will be conducting an
aquatic invasive species control project involving herbicide treatments of Curly-leaf pondweed
infestations for South Lake Lida. Proposed areas for treatment will be determined based on results of
an aquatic plant survey to be done on South Lake Lida in early May.

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New Infestation Response Plan (NIRP)
By Jeff Forester

We invest in early detection of Aquatic Invasive Species. Over 220 lake association members have taken the Early Detectors training offered by the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. Hundreds of lake associations are using “settling plates” and other tools to find early infestations of zebra mussels. We do lake surveys. Hundreds of lake home and cabin owners participate in the annual “Starry Trek” search for new infestations of starry stonewort.

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New Solution Shows Promise for Removing Residual Water at the Boat Ramp
By Jeff Forester

The Minnesota DNR program to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species is largely built on the assumption of personal responsibility to Clean, Drain and Dry boats and water related equipment every single time it is moved between waters. This message, supported by a significant educational campaign has had an impact. It is illegal to move water, plants, animals or mud between lakes on Minnesota’s roadways.

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What You Can Do to Protect the Lake You Love
Lake home and cabin owners have an unmatched passion for Minnesota’s lakes. Collectively they volunteer 1.2 million hours towards lake protection. But there is one action that many have not yet taken and it is critically important. Become an advocate for lakes by joining Minnesota Lakes and Rivers, even if you belong to a lake association that is an MLR partner.

Said Jeff Forester, Executive Director of Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates, “What happens in Saint Paul impacts each of us out on our docks, often to our detriment. There are hundreds of thousands of lake home and cabin owners in Minnesota. They have a commitment to the health of Minnesota’s lakes, but their voices were not heard because they were not organized.”

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Testing Civic Governance as a New Approach to Policy Making
By Jeff Forester

Both problems and solutions to water issues are complex. Lakes and rivers are highly complex systems, and they have significant cultural and societal components. Science, funding and regulation alone cannot protect our aquatic ecosystems. No single federal or state agency can protect our water quality. Because of the significant social component to water use and impairment, social solutions are critical for success.

Unlike grasslands, forests and even wetlands, lake and river systems are almost impossible to fully restore once they are significantly degraded. In most cases, the best resource managers can hope to achieve after aquatic degradation is to mitigate negative impacts, and work towards the rehabilitation of the degraded system. The costs are enormous and the results uneven. Preventing aquatic degradation in the first place is always cheaper and more effective.

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