Starry Stonewort Confirmed in Hubbard/Beltrami County Lake
On 8/30/2018 the Minnesota DNR confirmed starry stonewort to be present in Wolf Lake on the Hubbard/Beltrami county line just west of Bemidji. The infestation was discovered by citizen volunteers on 8/18/2018 during the annual Starry Trek across Minnesota. Wolf Lake was the only confirmed infestation of starry stonewort out of the 187 Minnesota lakes that were checked on the trek. The infestation was discovered near an undeveloped water access point in a Minnesota Wildlife Management Area. The starry stonewort bed has since been surveyed by the Minnesota DNR and was determined to span a 1/3 acre area.
Hubbard County has now had a total of three lakes added to the Infested Waters List during the 2018 open-water season. The list of lakes as well as what they contain are as follows:
- George - Faucet Snail
- Third Crow Wing - Faucet Snail
- Wolf (Hubbard/Beltrami county) – Starry Stonewort
It is important to remember to Clean, Drain, and Dispose when using lakes and rivers in Minnesota. Public water users can cut down on the risk of spreading invasive species by draining all water from their equipment, cleaning off any vegetation on their equipment, and disposing of unwanted bait.
When purchasing or moving a dock or boat lift from one waterbody to another, it is important to remember that it is Minnesota State law to leave the dock or boat lift out of the water for at least 21 days. This law applies to all lakes and rivers in Minnesota whether infested or not.
Any questions about these new infestations should be directed to either Hubbard County Environmental Services Department or the local MN DNR office.
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