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 Current Issues
Phosphorus-Free Lawn Fertilizer
With the coming of summer, local, regional and statewide publications have been printing numerous articles extolling the virtues of lush green lawns as filters for runoff water, and encouraging the use of fertilizers and herbicides to grow these lawns. As concerned lake users, we need to be aware of the limitations of lawns as runoff filters, and make an informed assessment of what is really needed to maintain an adequate lawn. Read More...
Eurasian Watermilfoil
Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) is an invasive, submersed aquatic plant that was first introduced to North America from Europe. Spreading primarily by overland boat transport to over 45 U.S. states, it began occurring in midwestern lakes between the 1950s and 1980s. In 1987, the first discovery of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Minnesota was found in Lake Minnetonka. Since then, it has spread to over 112 water bodies statewide. Read More...
Eurasian Watermilfoil Harvesting
The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, with assistance from Hennepin Parks, currently manages nuisance growth of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Lake Minnetonka in cooperation with Department of Natural Resources and lake homeowner associations. They primarily use mechanical harvesting to manage nuisance Eurasian Watermilfoil, but also use chemical treatments in small areas around boat launches and fishing piers where harvesters can't operate. Read More...
Feedlots
Feedlot runoff contains extremely large loads of nutrients and oxygen demanding substances, and if not properly collected and prevented from entering surface waters, this runoff can severely degrade surface water quality. Read More...
Urban Geese
Increasing urban and suburban development in the U.S. has resulted in the creation of ideal goose habitat conditions- park like open areas with short grass adjacent to small bodies of water. These habitat conditions have in turn enticed rapidly growing numbers of locally breeding geese to live year round on golf courses, parks, airports and other public and private property. Read More...
Minnetonka Boating Regulations
What are restrictions for outboard motors and personal watercrafts on Lake Minnetonka? Read More...
Citizen Action
We don't have enough RUSS units to collect data from every lake in the Metro area (remember Minnesota has 11,842 lakes)! Volunteers provide vital information about the status of their waterbody. Collecting water quality information assists state and local agency staff in expanding the amount of information currently available about your lake. These volunteer monitoring efforts can be used with other water quality measurements to assess long-term water quality trends and to identify potential problems in your lake, thus aiding community-based water policy and management decisions. Read More...

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