The Gull Chain of Lakes Association (GCOLA) is partnering with the city of Lake Shore to prevent the introduction of invasive species at the Department of Natural Resources public access launch near Zorbaz off County Road 77 in Lake Shore.
GCOLA is paying for off-duty police to be present at the launch site to assist boaters with their inspections, and have committed to ticket violations of Minnesota laws preventing the transport of aquatic species as well as transporting boats with closed drain plugs or other containers of lake water.
“The message to boaters is that the city of Lake Shore is very serious about preventing the introduction of aquatic invasive species,” said Ron Faust, GCOLA board member.
While curly leaf pondweed is being managed reasonably well in Lake Margaret, Eurasian water milfoil is expected to be a much more serious problem if it gets into the lake, especially in the channel and around the docks at Bar Harbor and Zorbaz.
The police officers have gone through the DNR’s training program for aquatic invasive species and boat inspections. While officers were present for about 30 hours per month in June and July, the program is being stepped up to 45 hours for August and extended into September.
“The GCOLA board and Lake Shore Police Chief Steve Sundstrom are very pleased with how this is working,” Faust said.