Friday, May 15, 2015

Using Innovative Science to Identify Solutions to Minnesota’s AIS Problems

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This is letter is an update about the Univeristy of Minnesota's AIS Research Center.  Since the Association works so hard to combat zebra mussels and other invasive species, we like to keep up with others in the state on a similar mission.

Dear Stakeholders and Friends of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC),

Unlike in the movies, science is not something that happens overnight. It is an investment that often takes years — even decades — to come to fruition. Finding a control for purple loosestrife took 25 years from initial exploration to implementation. It took over $5 million and 20 years to find and develop a bacteria into the product Zequanox that is just being tried in open water zebra mussel treatments now. And these are examples with positive outcomes; many others run into one or more roadblocks!
This means we must work now, across many fronts, to use innovative science to find solutions to Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species problem. And that’s just what we are doing. MAISRC was founded in 2012, with additional funds awarded in 2013 to conduct specific research projects scoped by the Center’s founder, including detection, prevention, and control efforts on Asian carp, zebra mussels, aquatic plants, and VHSv. Part of these original commitments also included significant investments in education and outreach to translate research findings to the field for implementation.
The first two and a half years of the Center’s existence have been focused on launching these projects, which included hiring two new faculty members as well as research teams ranging from 2 to 11 members in size in order to deliver on these commitments. All of these projects will have begun by year’s end.

Even in our short existence, we have accomplished a lot, including:
    •    Hiring the state’s first full-time zebra mussel researcher
    •    Participating in the state’s first open water use of Zequanox and potash to control zebra mussels
    •    Completing the first field season of zebra mussel sampling to determine their pathways of
          spread and to develop early detection techniques
    •    Installing experimental sound deterrents at Lock & Dam 8 to deter Asian carp from moving up
          our rivers and into our lakes
    •    Developing an accurate genetic detection method for invasive carp
    •    Launching studies to improve Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed treatment options
          through mechanical, herbicidal, and biocontrol methods
    •    Screening 33 waterbodies and more than 3,300 fish for VHSv, an aggressive virus affecting
          game fish

Yet if we are going to have an impact, more research is needed to find solutions to preventing and controlling the top threats to Minnesota’s waters. That is why I spearheaded a process starting last fall — which included input from AIS scientists; local, state, and federal AIS managers; current MAISRC researchers; and the public — to systematically identify the state’s top AIS research priorities. Final recommendations are coming before the Center Advisory Board at its meeting this month.
We look forward to announcing these additional research plans with you soon.
Thank you for your support of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.

All the best,

Susan Galatowitsch, PhD

Below is the link to the U's website for even more information.

or click on this link to go to their facebook page:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Saturday, May 9th, is "Clean, Drain, Dry Day" in the Great State of Minnesota.

Launching the 2015 Fishing Opener, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed

Saturday, May 9th, 
"Clean, Drain, Dry Day" in the Great State of Minnesota.

With over 1.6 million anglers, Saturday is the perfect opportunity to educate anglers and boaters across the state on the importance of stopping invasive species and to Clean, Drain, and Dry all boats, trailers and equipment.

Click on this link,, for additional information and take a look at our updated LLAA Kiosks at the South and North Accesses, too.

Happy Fishing Opener:  2015!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Ice Out on Long Lake: April 13th

Sharon Natzel reported: In checking with all the folks around the lake that are part of our monitoring team, plus others, we can officially declare that sometime this afternoon (April 13, 2015) with warm temperature and the high wind gusts today, the ice is now officially out on Long Lake!  We will update the ice data tab as soon as the chart has been updated.  The ice out date this year is one day ahead of the average date of April 14th and sixteen days ahead of last winter's date of April 29th.

Now let's work on getting some rain! reported the following information:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 12th, 2015

We have received pictures and reports from several people on the lake today.  The ice is not quite gone yet, but there are many stretches of open water.  Everyone thinks the ice will most likely be gone by the end of the day on Monday.  If we would get a little bit of rain, the grass and trees, etc. could start to show some green too.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ice Out Watch

A message shared from Lou Schultz. (Lou lives on Chippewa Loop on the west side of Long Lake and helps us with the ice in and ice out statistics.)

       "Around this time of year, we always wonder when we might have ice-out.

       Fact:  Our average ice-out is April 20, although we have wide and increasing variation of this

       Theory: Long Lake gets ice-out two weeks after Lake Minnetonka, which was April 4, 2015.

      Therefore: I predict we will have ice-out this year on April 18.
      That is only 11 days away and that is a mighty big ice cube sitting out there.

      Would anyone else like to predict a date; any challengers?  - Lou"

You can add your comments below or on our Facebook page.

For the historic data go to the Ice Data tab at the top of this page or scroll to the blog post below this one for DNR data.