GCOLA gifts $25,000 to university’s AIS Center
The Gull Chain of Lakes Association (GCOLA) has taken a proactive approach to controlling the spread of invasive aquatic species in Minnesota lakes — more specifically, a $25,000 approach.
The GCOLA board of directors unanimously approved, at its October meeting, a $25,000 gift to the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. In 2012, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated funds to create an Aquatic Invasive Species Cooperative Research Center at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the commissioner of natural resources (DNR).
The center recently announced the addition of a researcher who will specialize in zebra mussel biology and control. This is something that resonates with the local lake association board. In October 2010, zebra mussels were first discovered in the Gull Chain. Since then, the GCOLA board has sought various ways of keeping the invasive species at bay, including optional boat wash stations at various public access points.
Marv Meyer, GCOLA board chair, said the board understands zebra mussels will never be completely eradicated from the popular chain of lakes; however, the hope is that over time a discovery is made in controlling their spread from pandemic proportions.