Aquatic invasive species workshop open to public Saturday

The Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District, Comfort Lake–Forest Lake Watershed District and Chisago Lakes Improvement District will team up to offer a free workshop for local lake and river users interested in learning more about aquatic invasive species in the area. The Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop will take place from 9-11 a.m. this Saturday, March 15, at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St. N. Register

During the workshop, districts officials will talk about which invasives have been found in which lakes in northern Washington and southern Chisago counties, and the latest DNR survey data collected during boat launch inspections last year. Guest speaker Steve McComas, “The Lake Detective,” will talk about his research on the effectiveness of various strategies for managing curly-leaf and Eurasian water-milfoil in Forest Lake and other lakes, and East Metro Water’s Angie Hong will share a story of success from Lake Minnetonka, where retrofits and educational signs at a popular boat launch have dramatically increased the percentage of people following clean and drain regulations.

In addition to the presentations, workshop participants will hone their identification skills as they practice differentiating between common native and invasive plant and animal species and will also have time at the end to network with other local residents and lakeshore property owners. Last year’s aquatic invasive species workshop drew more than 70 attendees.