Lotus Lake Conservation Alliance
AIS Prevention in Chanhassen's Lakes
Since early 2010, the LLCA has been working to encourage inspection of all boats before they enter the water at Chanhassen's boat ramps. Inspecting boats and water related equipment is the best method available for preventing the spread of AIS.
In 2012, the City of Shorewood passed a new ordinance to protect their waters against AIS:
The Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District (Lotus Lake's Watershed District) at their August, 2013 meeting, began work on developing a policy and program to protect the waters of the RPBCWD against further AIS infestations. In 2012, the RPBCWD passed a Resolution supporting AIS prevention:
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has done extensive work on developing plans for AIS prevention. Work completed by several task forces culminated in an extensive update to the Watershed's 10-year plan, to reflect the District's goal of preventing the spread of AIS:
In 2012, the City of Chanhassen, working with funding from the Watershed, City, DNR, and LLCA, implemented a part-time inspection program at all three of Chanhassen's lakes. The LLCA supplements this program with money from member donations. The City's program runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In 2012, a boat with zebra mussels in weeds on the trailer was stopped from entering Lotus Lake on September 30th. If it weren't for the LLCA paid inspector being at the ramp, Lotus Lake would now be infested with zebra mussels.
Your donations are CRITICAL for preventing further AIS from infesting Lotus Lake. Please consider a tax-deductible donation today!
Over the past several years, nearby Cities, Counties and Watersheds have made significant progress towards the goal preventing the spread of AIS. The City of Minneapolis, for the 2013 boating season, has implemented a new policy to inspect all boats before entering the waters of Minneapolis. Here is some info on their program:
Are you visiting lakes that are infested with zebra or quagga mussels? If so, you will need to be extra careful that you don't carry these or other Aquatic Invasive Species with you from lake to lake. The U.S.G.S. map to the right shows the current state of infestation in the United States. Click on the map for more info -->
The Minnesota DNR keeps a list of all infested waters in the State. Click below to see the DNR Infested Waters List: