Water Protectors

Water Protectors

Water Protectors Ever wonder who is working to protect our waters beside state agencies? Actually there are many non-governmental groups doing so.  This posting highlights a promising new initiative being pursued by one such organization: the Freshwater Society.  (They are the folks who produce the Weather Guide Calendar.) Here’s what their anticipated new program would … Read More »

In Homage to the Shore

In Homage to the Shore

In Homage to the Shore For most of us, our first encounter with a lake happened at the shore.  Waves and sand, toes tickled by the cool water, and fascinating flotsam and jetsam scattered from afar stimulate our young brains as we first soaked in these strange surroundings, LAKE.  Only there can we truly feel … Read More »

Mission Impossible?

Mission Impossible?

Mission Impossible? Peering through a Crystal Ball  To date I have given or scheduled 50 talks to groups interested in lakes. Folks at the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning in Park Rapids have asked me to speak to their group, open to the public, March 6, 2012.  They have asked me to address an extremely … Read More »

Still Floating

Still Floating

Still Floating Darby’s Book: For Love of Lakes Minnesota Book Award Finalist Q: So what is the book all about? A: Several years ago, I realized a paradox existed: we love our lakes yet we not only allow, but we participate in their deterioration. I could not explain it.  The paradox about drove me batty.  … Read More »

Detroit Lakes Summit: Wrap-Up

Detroit Lakes Summit: Wrap-Up

Detroit Lakes Summit: Wrap-Up We need many tools to stymie aquatic invasive species (AIS).  Strong law enforcement and aware citizens are two. Enforcement of existing AIS rules has gone up dramatically. State enforcement operations have more than doubled their AIS budget over last year. Citations for violating AIS laws more than doubled in 2011 over … Read More »

Detroit Lakes Summit Afterglow

Detroit Lakes Summit Afterglow

Detroit Lakes Summit Afterglow Last Saturday (Jan. 14, 2012) 350 people from all over the state, including eleven legislators of both parties, gathered in Detroit Lakes to urge increased action against aquatic invasive species (AIS).  What happened? Speakers and audience visited many topics, with prominent focus on funding. Suggested funding sources included: Increase watercraft surcharge.  … Read More »

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