Curlyleaf Pond Weed Stakeholders Forum

A panel of state and local experts presented the Iowa Great Lakes Community with a plan to address Curlyleaf Pond Weed utilizing increased harvesting with two test areas in early spring with herbicide to retard the plant’s dense mat-like growth. Please click the link below to hear more about the forum and comments from the … Read more

Public Meeting Addressing Curly Leaf Pond Weed

(Spirit Lake)– Curly leaf pondweed will be the topic of a public informational meeting tomorrow (Thurs.) evening at the Sami Bedell Center for the Performing Arts in Spirit Lake. Terry Wilts of the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation says a team made up of leaders from the county, cities, lake associations, drinking water utilities, Lakeside … Read more

Des Moines Register covers “monster weed”

A monster weed is invading the Iowa Great Lakes and no one is sure how to stop it.

Invasive curlyleaf pondweed has been choking East Okoboji Lake, snarling boat propellers, burning up motors and shutting down swimming, tubing and other water sports in an area that depends on recreation.

Spring 2017 Environmental Update

Iowa Great Lakes Association Environmental Update Spring 2017 Zebra Mussels Zebra mussel populations continue to expand in the Iowa Great Lakes. The populations is expected to continue to increase in the coming years before reaching a limit and moderating. The biggest impact to lakeshore residents continues to be colonization on hoists, docks and swim ladders. … Read more

Curly Leaf Pondweed Meeting held April 4

The Iowa Great Lakes Association held an informational meeting regarding the Curly Leaf Pondweed that has caused issues with recreation in the Iowa Great Lakes.  With over 100 people in attendance at the meeting held at Rolling Oaks Barn, we all walked away with more information thanks to Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist Mike Hawkins’ explanation … Read more

Curlyleaf Pond Weed Informational Meeting

The Iowa Great Lakes Association will host an informational meeting open to the public on Tuesday, April 4th at 3 pm in the loft of Rolling Oaks Barn in Spirit Lake to discuss Curlyleaf Pond Weed in the Iowa Great Lakes. Mild falls and winters have provided the opportune environment for this invasive species, introduced … Read more

Curly Pond Weed infests East Lake Okoboji

Although Curly Pond Weed has been around the Iowa Great Lakes for years, it is now spreading rapidly on the north end of East Lake Okoboji. It is an Aquatic Invasive Species that has crowded out native plants. Because of its thickness and rapid growth feature is causing navigation and access issues for anglers, boaters, … Read more

USA Today covers invasive species issue

After Brian Griffin pulls his boat out of West Loon Lake, a couple of weeds dangle from his trailer and propeller. One is a nice surprise: white-stemmed pondweed, an endangered plant, says Michael Adam, senior biologist for Lake County. The other is a problem: Eurasian watermilfoil.