DNR confirms Starry Stonewort in Leech Lake

DNR confirms Starry Stonewort in Leech Lake

July 21, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (7/21/21)

(Leech Lake, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of the starry stonewort in Leech Lake in Cass County.

The invasive algae was found near Anderson’s Cove Resort in Steamboat Bay when a company removing aquatic plants contacted the DNR. This would now mark the 18th Minnesota lake confirmed with Starry Stonewort out of the state’s 11,842 including nearby Cass Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish.

The DNR reminds boaters and anglers to follow Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) of Clean aquatic plants and animals from watercraft, Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft, and Dispose of underwater bait in the trash. To remove or kill AIS, spray with high-pressure water, rinse with very hot water, or dry for at least 5 days.

Each year, the DNR searches about 200 lakes for starry stonewort during their “Starry Trek” event with the University of Minnesota Extension, which will take place on August 21st.More information for Starry Stonewort and other Aquatic Invasive Species, go to the DNR’s website.