Our Long Lake Aquatic Vegetation Survey is being conducted beginning today, Monday, July 25th. James A. Johnson, the Aquatic Ecologist of Freshwater Scientific Services, LLC is conducting the survey and expects it to take 2 to 3 full days. The Aquatic Vegetation Survey is our baseline for tracking and evaluating changes in the plant community, including increased nuisance growth, decreased fish habitat, or invasion by exotic plant species. The sampling and data analysis based on MN DNR Protocol enables meeting requirements for special permits (controlling invasive plants, etc.) and invasive aquatic plant grant programs in the future if it becomes necessary.
The Long Lake Area Association is paying for this aquatic vegetation survey with a matching grant from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation as explained at our Annual Meeting in June. Our survey results will be available here on the LLAA website in December.
To learn more about the Freshwater Scientific Services aquatic vegetation surveys, check out their website here: FixMyLake.com