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Treat AIS Like Medical Professionals treat a real disease

"Quarantine is a medical term for the act of keeping an object in enforced isolation for a period of time to limit or prevent the spread of disease or infection." And if we view AIS as a doctor would view a nasty bacteria or virus, one of the basic tools used is to keep the infected away from the population at large. Today's AIS management system in this analogy would be like letting an Ebola infected citizen wander ...more »

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Protecting Lakes

-Motor size restrictions on small lakes It took my neighbors less than 2 years to bring down a 60 yr old oak tree, by running their speed boat too close to shore while tubing with their kids on too small of a lake. -Larger "no wake" buffers from shorelines (at least 500ft) -Larger lots, larger setbacks (no wonder Mille Lacs is dying). -vegetative buffers along the shore, and that also restrict chemical use. -All new home ...more »

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Rethink Invasive Species Management

The current invasive species rhetoric leads to good versus evil language and acts of war against other species, often with dubious results and wasted conservation dollars. Many are doing great work on preventing non-native species movement to our wild places. However, I, like many other ecologists, am concerned about some of the directions aquatic invasive species (AIS) management programs are going — often under the ...more »

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Establish Fish Sanctuary Areas in Some Lakes

The idea of establishing sanctuary areas in some lakes, where no fishing would be allowed, has been floated by at least one fisheries biologist. This would be worth trying as a device to learn more about what works for fish and perhaps even to improve fishing on the lake as a whole.

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Boat tagging with stickers to prevent infested boats from bringing AIS to uninfested lakes

With nearly 900,000 boats in MN and an ever increasing spread of AIS impacting the lakes environment (including fisheries), we lack a macro solution to identifying the biggest AIS risk. To focus on the biggest risks of Aquatic Invasive Species spreading between lakes, we need to identify those boats that travel from uninfested lakes to infested lakes. Working smarter by focusing inspections on those boats would ...more »

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High priority boat inspection and decontamination

Some lakes are notorious for AIS traveling from them to other lakes on boats. These include, I believe, Mille Lacs, Minnetonka and Prior Lake. On all such lakes, implement a boat inspection and decontamination plan that requires inspection and decontamination upon removal of a boat from the water. This should be coupled with a major, Governor-led effort to educate the public and encourage the behavioral changes that ...more »

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AIS Crisis Response

Pay immediate attention to lakes and watersheds afflicted by a new AIS, and set up and publicize a reporting mechanism so the public can report new instances and a testing mechanism for lakes and possibly streams identified as being at high risk. When a new AIS is identified, take immediate action. Two examples: Close public accesses on Lake Koronis, where starry stonewort has been found, until an adequate response ...more »

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Invasive Species Mapping

In order to farm, harvest forests, fish, rebuild roads, or even manage our backyards, one needs to know where invasive species are growing in order to find and eradicated. This requires a repetitive, statewide mapping and remote sensing approach. Currently there are a few scattered programs at local, state and federal programs but nothing comprehensive which can tell the landowner easily where a new infestation may ...more »

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Aquatic Invasive Species

The spread of AIS through our lakes and rivers has a devastating impact on natural aquatic life. Stopping it will require behavioral changes and adequate penalties for offenders. Infested waters need ongoing research and the best available technology to clean them up. In this session, we will define what is currently being done to address the aquatic invasive species issues and ask for participants suggestions for moving ...more »

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