County continues fight against aquatic invasive species
The fight against aquatic invasive species continues in Douglas County on a number of fronts, Land and Resource Management representatives told county commissioners at the Tuesday, March 5, county board meeting.
Dave Rush, Land and Resource Management director, and Justin Swart, the county's aquatic invasive species prevention coordinator, noted that each spring they implement a plan focusing on education, public awareness, inspection and decontamination.
New this year is a stationary decontamination unit at the proposed location of the Lake Osakis public access off Central Avenue in Osakis. The CD3 unit is a waterless, free, user-operated self-contained piece of cleaning equipment that includes wet/dry vacuum, a blower system and tethered hand tools.
Rush said the decontamination unit will be staffed early in the season, but it is meant to be unmanned and used by all boaters to clean their watercraft before they enter the water and after they leave it.
Like the decontamination station at Krueger's Creek access on Lake L'Homme Dieu, this unit would be sustainable if no state funds are available. The cost for the CD3 decontamination unit is estimated at $23,000.
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