Review draft aquatic invasive species plan at Cass County open houses on Aug. 7
The public is invited to review and comment on a draft aquatic invasive species plan for Cass County at two open houses — Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the Rotary Meeting Room, Walker Area Community Center, Walker, and Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Commissioner’s Meeting Room, Cass County Land Department, 218 Washburn Ave. E., Backus. Both meetings are scheduled from 4-6 p.m.
Aquatic invasive species have the potential to negatively impact the county’s ecology, economy as well as the water bodies enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. A group of stakeholders has drafted a plan to coordinate county response to the threat of aquatic invasive species to increase prevention and awareness efforts.
The plan is based on the Minnesota State Invasive Species Management Plan, which is a coordinated approach for multiple agencies and organizations with an interest in managing invasive species. The draft plan calls for Cass County to coordinate the overall plan, but much of the work will be done by volunteers.
The committee included representatives of Cass County, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, area fishing guides, Realtors, resort owners, lake associations and shoreland property owners.
Copies of the draft plan are available from members of the committee. Contact John Ringle, Cass County Environmental Services, at 218-547-7256 or Jerry Lerom, president, Association of Cass County Lakes, at 218-363-2059 for information.