Aquatic Invasive Species meeting planned for July 30

For the last two years the State of Minnesota has been strengthening their Aquatic Invasive Species laws. Last fall, Iowa Great Lakes residents asked the DNR and legislature to strengthen Iowa’s AIS laws. Something happened and the AIS changes was not properly drafted for presentation to the legislature. Attached is a DNR letter that explains … 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.

DNR Issues update on Asian carp situation

Mike Hawkins, Fisheries Management Biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, issued an update this week on the Asian carp situation in the Iowa Great Lakes. Following are his findings: The commercial angler has been keeping our office updated on catch each day they work on the area lakes and are required to provide … Read more

Please contact your legislators

We need friends of the lakes to contact their Iowa Representatives to encourage them to support a $200K appropriation for the electric fish barrier in SF-2316 that has already been approved by the Senate. The lakes area legislators – Senator David Johnson along with Representative Jeff Smith and John Wittneben – fully support an appropriation, … Read more

Supervisors approve funds for fish barrier

(From Explore Okoboji – March 20, 2012 – Spirit Lake)– The Dickinson county board of supervisors voted four-to-one in favor of the county contributing $50,000 toward the estimated $700,000 total cost of installing an electric fish barrier on or near the weir at the Lower Gar Outlet. Proponents of the project say it would hopefully … Read more