Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Beefs Up Efforts to Fight Invasive Species

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Beefs Up Efforts to Fight Invasive Species Photo: Photo: KSTP/File

April 05, 2018 05:38 PM

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is expanding efforts to spot new aquatic invasive species by recruiting volunteers to keep an eye on local lakes.

“The earlier an invasive species is detected, the better chances for success in removing it,” Telly Mamayek, MCWD spokeswoman, said.


In 20014, a MCWD staff member spotted a group of zebra mussels near the public boat access at Christmas Lake in Shorewood during a routine check. Rapid response since then appears to be working, according to officials. District staff also discovered and removed Eurasian watermilfoil from Saunders Lake in Minnetrista and Mound.

“We have been doing early detection for at least a year, and this year we are really beefing it up by adding volunteer inspectors,” Mamayek said.

MCWD will train and provide equipment to the volunteer “Early Detectors”. They can choose how much time they would like to put into it and their level of effort.

Mamayek said there has been a lot of interest from the community so far.

MCWD is responsible for managing and protecting the water resources of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed in parts of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and its western suburbs.

Volunteers can sign up here.


Cassie Hart

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