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  • 1. 2011 AIS/Watercraft Inspection Update
    Successful in obtaining 500 Hrs of DNR inspection time.
    50% funded by DNR
    25% funded by Hubbard Township
    25% funded by Henrietta Township
    50% of inspection hours to be Friday – Sunday
    Long and Potato lakes the only Hubbard county lakes to receive DNR hours due to new high risk ranking system
    The spread of AIS continues with Zebra Mussel infestations being the most serious threat to MN lakes
    Long lake is a popular destination and therefore at high risk
    2012 support from Hubbard township was reduced substantially.
    $2000 in 2011 down to $600 in 2012
    Henrietta is an unknown at this time
    OUR 2012 Program is in Serious jeopardy
    SIGNIFICANT FUNDING SHORTFALL
  • 2. Our Choices going forward
    Give up and take our chances with no prevention efforts
    Fund our program with donations to our 501c3 from those who are willing to contribute
    Work to change the attitude within the township leadership for support of this program
    Work with the county to establish a county wide effort and add a tax assessment to all lake properties to fund.
    IDEAS????
    Current Board direction is to work to fund 2012 program
    Local Government funding is not likely
  • 3. ZEBRA MUSSELIMPACTS
    by Dick Sternberg
    Modified for Hubbard County by Ken Grob and Jeff Bjorkman
  • 4. What are Zebra Mussels ?
    • Zebra mussels are small freshwater mollusks (¼ to 1½ inches long) named for the striped pattern of their shells
    • 5. Native to Black and Caspian sea drainages in Eurasia
    • 6. Brought to North America in the ballast waters of trans-Atlantic freighters in the late 1980s
    • 7. Attach to underwater objects with their byssal threads
    • 8. Filter the water to remove plankton that would otherwise provide food for fish and other aquatic life
    They will change the lake habitat over time
  • 9. WHY ARE THEY A PROBLEM?
    • May reach a density of 700,000/sq. meter
    • 10. They spread extremely rapidly; within 2 years of the first Great Lakes sighting, they found their way into all of the Great Lakes.
    • 11. As more and more waters become infested, the rate of spread will increase, as appears to be happening in Minnesota
    • 12. Once zebra mussels invade a body of water, there is no known method of control or containment
    • 13. The Only SOLUTION
    KEEP THEM OUT!!!
  • 14. Reproduction
    • Extremely prolific - an adult female releases up to a million eggs in a year and has a life span of 2-5 years.
    • 15. The larval form, called veligers, are microscopic in size and enable the species to spread quickly by drifting downstream with the current or being transported overland by trailered watercraft.
    • 16. Veligers float freely for several weeks before settling onto underwater objects where they can grow and anchor themselves with their byssal threads.
    • 17. They may anchor themselves to adult zebra mussels, leading to the rapid formation of dense colonies.
    Juvenile zebra mussels attached to adults
  • 18. Impacts
    Byssal threads secrete a powerful glue, enabling the mussels to form dense colonies on rocks, metal, plastic, concrete, pipes, ropes, boats, motors and practically any other submerged object.
    Before zms
    After zms
  • 19. On boats and motors
  • 20. On dock wheel, Pelican Lake (Ottertail Co.) Nov. 2010
  • 21. On inside of pipe
  • 22. On lake bottom following a drawdown
    The Lake is changed forever!
  • 23.
    • Zebra mussels attach themselves to living things, like turtles, crayfish and native clams. In some infested waters, native clams have been nearly eliminated by encrusting of their shells.
    THEY ATTACK NATIVE AQUATIC LIFE
  • 24.
    • Even larval insects, like these dragonfly nymphs, may fall victim to zebra mussels.
    EVEN INSECTS CANNOT ESCAPE
  • 25. Zebra mussels also attach themselves to aquatic plants...
    NATIVE PLANTS ARE ALSO AFFECTED
  • 26.
    • Dead and dying zebra mussels wash up on beaches, sometimes creating windrows more than a foot deep.
    • 27. The decaying mussels emit a foul odor and the razor-sharp edges of their shells make footwear a must when walking the beach.
    Presque Isle State Park – Lake Erie
    BEACHES ARE RUINED!
  • 28. Zebra mussels scraped from Lock & Dam #7 near LaCrescent, Minnesota, 2001
    ZMs encrusting navigational buoy on Lake Le Homme Dieu, MN.
    Infestation found in 2009!
  • 29. Impacts on Fish & Fishing
    • Zebra mussels filter out the plankton that baitfish & juvenile gamefish
    • 30. The water becomes clearer, but not cleaner.
    • 31. Because plankton are at the bottom of the food chain, overall fish productivity is reduced.
    • 32. Dim-light feeders like walleyes generally go deeper and do more of their feeding at night.
    • 33. Lake Erie “Walleye Capital of the World”– Walleye population has declined from 100 million to 18 million in 20 years. Harder to fish with clear water.
    A blanket of zebra mussels on the bottom means clearer water but less food for fish
    Walleyes have better dim-light vision than their prey, so they often feed after dark in clear waters
    82% reduction in Walleye population in 20 years
  • 34. Where do ya wanna start scraping, Joe?
    Economic Impacts
    U.S. Congressional researchers estimated ZM infestations cost U.S. businesses, industries and communities $5 billion from 1993-1999.
    The cost to the power industry alone was $3.1 billion.
    Scraping mussels off hydroelectric dams in the West costs billions
    • Property values on ZM infested lakes could plummet, depending on location and availability of property on nearby uninfested lakes.
    LAKE PROPERTY VALUES ARE SERIOUSLY AFFECTED
  • 35. Possible Sources of ZM Contamination
    Boats/motors/trailers, including canoes, kayaks, jet skis, sailboats and all other types of watercraft
    Anchors, anchor ropes, life jackets, dock lines
    Water skis, inflatable rafts and tubes and tow ropes
    Sandals and other footwear used when wading or walking a beach
    Bait containers, lake water in bait containers
    Fishing/hunting equipment like waders, landing nets, decoys
    Dock moving/installation equipment
    Weed-harvesting equipment
    Nets, traps and other aquaculture equipment (state/federal/private)
    Float planes
    Pets that have been in the water
    Wetsuits, tanks, regulators and other scuba equipment
    ANYTHING THAT HITS THE WATER
  • 36. The Biggest Threats
    • Boats with complex plumbing systems, such as multiple live wells----These boats are more difficult to decontaminate and kill the veligers.
    This live-well diagram illustrates the complex plumbing systems found in many fishing boats
    • Large boats left in slips or tied up to docks forlong periods of time. These watercraft are likely to collect adult ZMs which can infest other bodies of water should the boat be trailered.
    • 37. Boats that are used often and on many different waters.Not only is the risk of exposure higher, the drying period between uses may not be long enough to kill veligers.
    • 38. Boats, boat lifts or other pieces of equipment that have been used on infested waters and then purchased by buyers on uninfested waters.
  • Boat lift removed from Rice Lake near Brainerd (infested with ZMs) and sold to buyer on Pelican Lake (not infested).
  • 39. MN Zebra Mussel Distribution - Nov. 2009
    • To date, Zebra mussels have been found in about 50 Minnesota lakes, rivers and wetlands.
    • 40. There are infestations within easy driving distance of Hubbard County. Lake Le Homme Dieu (Douglas County), Lake Mille Lacs, the Mississippi River (Stearns County) are examples.
    Hubbard County, MN
    • Hubbard County is at risk for ZM infestations.
  • Why has the Spread Accelerated in MN?
    Infestation of large, heavily used lakes like:
    Mille Lacs Gull Minnetonka
    Pelican Le Homme Dieu Chain
    Increased probability of spread due to
    Trailered Boats
    Leech Lake is the predominant next fishing destination for boaters leaving Lake Mille Lacs, based on DNR survey in 2010.
    Will Leech Lake be Next?
  • 41. What You Can Do
    Be vigilant – if you see a boat with vegetation or any AIS attached, call TIP (800) 652-9093, or a Deputy Sheriff.
    Bepatient with boat inspectors; they’re trying to protect our lakes.
    Become a volunteer watercraft inspector by attending a DNR training session.
    Help monitor your lake, become a AIS monitoring volunteer.
    Spread the word on zebra mussels – everyone should understand the threat we are facing.
    Don’t buy a used boat, dock, boat-lift or any other equipment that has been in infested water unless you are sure it has been decontaminated.
    Contact your legislators to express your concern and ask them to find methods of funding an aggressive ZM prevention/containment program before it’s too late.
  • 42. WHAT IS HAPPENING?LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS - 2011
    OMNIBUS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY BILL (GOV. AND DNR):
    • INCREASED ENFORCEMENT (MORE CO’s)
    • 43. CANNOT TRANSPORT WATER FROM ANY BODY OF WATER INCLUDING BAIT CONTAINERS
    • 44. INCREASE AWARENESS/PUBLIC EDUCATION ; DECALS
    • 45. IMPROVE WATERCRAFT INSPECTION PROCESS; INTERN AUTHORITY TO INSPECT & PREVENT ENTRY (CERTIFIED)
    • 46. REQUIRE LAKE SERVICE PROVIDER LICENSING/TRAINING
    • 47. FOCUS ON HIGH-USE INFESTED WATERS, CHECKS/DECON.
    • 48. INCREASED FUNDING FOR AIS EFFORTS
    ALL LAKES ARE TREATED AS INFESTED FOR PREVENTION PURPOSES
  • 49. WHAT ARE HUBBARD COUNTY LAKE ASSOCIATIONS & COLA DOING?
    • SPONSORING ROADSIDE BILLBOARDS & SIGNS
    • 50. SPONSORING RADIO SPOTS (92.5 P.R. & 101.5 BEMIDJI)
    • 51. PROVIDING AWARENESS /EDUCATION INFO TO RESORTS
    • 52. PROVIDING AIS ID CARDS AND Z-FOLDS TO PUBLIC
    • 53. SPONSORING WATERCRAFT INSPECTIONS (DNR & PRIVATE)
    • 54. SPONSORING AIS MONITORING TRAINING
    • 55. SPONSORING LAKE SERVICE PROVIDER TRAINING
    • 56. SPONSORING LAKE VOLUNTEER TRAINING TO INDIVIDUAL LAKES
    • 57. WORKING WITH DNR AND LOCAL SHERIFF DEPT.
    HUBBARD COLA IS A LEADER IN MN
  • 58. WHAT IS LONG LAKE DOING?
    TO DATE:
    • FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR A DEDICATED DNR INSPECTOR ON LONG LAKE ACCESSES (500 HOURS IN 2011).
    • 59. TRAINED 12 OWNERS AS VOLUNTEER INSPECTORS
    • 60. STARTING A LAKE MONITORING PROGRAM IN 2011.
    • 61. ESTABLISHED A 501C3 FOR POTENTIAL FUNDING
    • 62. VEGETATION MAPPING OF LAKE IN 2011
    MUST DO MORE:
    • INSURE WE HAVE A FULL OPERATING AIS MONITORING TEAM ( JULY 16 TRAINING SESSION) We need more volunteers
    • 63. VOLUNTEERS TO DO WATERCRAFT INSPECTIONS
    • 64. EDUCATE/TALK TO NEIGHBORS & EDUCATE VISITORS
    WE NEED YOUR HELP
  • 65. Some will argue that zebra mussels cannot be stopped, so there is no point in spending millions of dollars on prevention and containment…
    Others say that zebra mussels aren’t so bad – after all they clear up the water…
    But unless we want our lake bottoms to look like this, we have to stop the spread right now, and that means investing millions to save billions.
    We do not want to find ourselves asking that familiar question:
    NOT HERE!
    If you can help
    CONTACT
    Jeff Bjorkman
    732-8734
    jeffbjorkman1@gmail.com
    Why didn’t someone do something to prevent this when we had a chance?