Aquatic Exotics Take Over 11 More Minnesota Lakes

Aquatic Exotics Take Over 11 More Minnesota Lakes

According to Chip Welling, a Minnesota DNR spokesman, eleven more Minnesota lakes have been infested with Eurasian water milfoil this year, bringing the statewide total to 132 lakes. This pesky exotic species radically alters the mix of native fish and aquatic vegetation. Welling says the DNR’s efforts to educate the public about the plant has decreased the spread of milfoil from lake to lake, but the problem is far from being under control.

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