Insights from Maine

Insights from Maine

Insights from Maine How we treat our lake shores has a huge impact on lake water quality. Folks in Maine realized this long ago and some decades ago established a set of shoreland protection standards.  Several years ago people wondered if the standards were effective in protecting lakes. A comprehensive recent study established that the … Read More »

Lakes in the Landscape: Values, Visions, Actions

Lakes in the Landscape: Values, Visions, Actions

Lakes in the Landscape Values, Visions, Actions  Two weeks ago I spent three days at the North American Lake Management Society’s (NALMS) annual international symposium, this year held in Madison, Wisconsin.  North American limnology (study of lakes) was born in the late 1800’s here at Madison. Some 600 attendees from all over the US, Canada, … Read More »

Minnesota Environmental Congress: What is it? How does it Relate to You?

Minnesota Environmental Congress: What is it? How does it Relate to You?

Minnesota Environmental Congress: What is it? How does it Relate to You? Nine state agencies, environmental policy experts, business leaders, local governments, and a diverse group of citizen leaders are working together to: Assess Minnesota’s progress toward improving and sustaining clean air, clean water, and clean energy in our communities Engage Minnesotans in constructive public … Read More »

What do you think?

What do you think?

What do you think? A reader of my blog recently asked me, “How do we best prevent new invasive species from entering our water ways?  What would be your ideal solution?” What is your response to Danielle’s question?  I invite you tell me what you think would be most helpful reducing the AIS problem. Here … Read More »

Decisions, Decisions: Dealing with AIS

Decisions, Decisions:  Dealing with AIS

Decisions, Decisions:  Dealing with AIS The Star Tribune published a thoughtful opinion piece September 10, 2012, written by Steve Gunther, President of the Lake Minnewasta Preservation Association.  His article was titled, “Coming Attractions in Aquatic Invasive Species.” He makes two important points.  Nasty aquatic invaders like zebra mussels that confront us now are but an … Read More »

Outfoxing Zebra Mussels

Outfoxing Zebra Mussels

Outfoxing Zebra Mussels A simple way to help protect your lake. The reality is that once an aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels establishes itself in a lake, it is essentially impossible to remove the invader.  Our only hope is to detect their presence very early, before these creatures grow into significant numbers. Last Friday … Read More »

Watersheds 101

Watersheds 101

Watersheds 101 I have spoken to 69 groups and organizations about lakes.  I first like to get a sense of my audience’s knowledge base, so I typically start by asking, “How many of you live on a watershed?”  If the group is a lake association, nearly all blurt out the answer, “We all do!”  Other … Read More »

Blue-Green Algae in Lake Superior?? Yes!

Blue-Green Algae in Lake Superior?? Yes!

Blue-Green Algae in Lake Superior?? Yes! A news release out of Bayfield, Wisconsin July 23, 2012, reported a blue-green algae bloom had developed from Cornucopia to Little Sand Bay along the south shore of Lake Superior. Unfortunately, blue-greens can produce toxins in concentrations that can harm people if the contaminated water is swallowed. Blue-green algae … Read More »

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