For the past several months, I have been articulating the Lake
Added to this list is the fact that our investment in protection and control for aquatic invasive species (AIS) is woefully insufficient.
There are two significant hurdles – funding and attitudes.
I have done an analysis of the funding needs for accomplishing our vision based on a program analysis and comparing to what other lakes spend for these activities. Simply, the funding needed to adequately protect and manage
This funding gap should not be a surprise as
It is easy to be complacent in the face of the AIS challenge. As
So, if zebra mussels get in, they will change the way milfoil grows, most likely more aggressively. Then if rusty crayfish (or spiny waterflea or hydrilla or VHS or ???) get in they will arrive in a system that is already stressed and their impacts will become synergistic – and not in a good way.
- Expand the milfoil treatments
Monitoring and surveillance
- Early detection and rapid response
Each of these action steps has a more detailed plan, some of which have already been described in previous columns.
Three and four decades ago,