Local Area Lakes Infested 31 Aug 12

Eurasian Watermilfoil has now been discovered in lakes in McLeod and Blue Earth counties. The aquatic invasive species forms dense mats of vegetation and crowds out native aquatic plants, clogs boat propellers, and makes water recreation difficult. It has now been found growing in Ballantyne Lake near the City of Madison Lake as well as in Cedar Lake near Hutchinson. These lakes will each now be designated as an “infested water” and signs will be placed at the public access to alert boaters. Eurasian Watermilfoil has now been discovered in more than 260 lakes, rivers or streams in Minnesota. Boaters are urged to be extra thorough when looking for and removing aquatic plants from their equipment. It is unlawful in Minnesota to transport aquatic plants or prohibited invasive species on roads or to launch watercraft with them attached. More information on aquatic invasive species, how to inspect water equipment, and a current infested waters list can be found at the DNR’s website.