Continued public access to Minnesota lakes and rivers

What can we do to address the issues effectively ensuring public access to Minnesota's lakes and rivers, providing excellent recreational fishing and stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS)?

Jeff Mosner, a Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations member and veteran access inspector, shares his ideas for better use of funding for AIS prevention at a DNR meeting. Gary Korsgaden/For the Enterprise

Jeff Mosner, a Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations member and veteran access inspector, shares his ideas for better use of funding for AIS prevention at a DNR meeting. Gary Korsgaden/For the Enterprise

Minnesota lakes and rivers are one of its most valued resources. It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect and preserve it now and into the future. The AIS present and on the horizon must be of notable concern for anglers, lake property owners or anyone who enjoys recreation on Minnesota’s waters.

At the 2017 and 2018 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Roundtable events, it was apparent a divide exists between angling groups and lake property owners.

The DNR, recognizing a need for all to come together, is hosting three meetings across the state. Jeff Mosner, a Hubbard County Coalition of Lake Associations member and veteran access inspector, joined me at the first of these sessions, held in Alexandria last Thursday. Those in attendance included lake association officers and members, fisherman, angler organizations, industry and marketing personal from Brunswick- Lund Corporation and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

Participants set the agenda, asking to bring up 12 topics for discussion in the breakout sessions. An engaging list of topic ideas emerged for discussion.

The Koronis Lake Association shared efforts and costs to curb starry stonewort and curly-leaf pondweed. Other topics included “how is public access to public water?,” “What do we want our society to look like?,” “What do we want our natural resources to look like?” and “How to resolve conflicts between anglers, lake property owners, and recreational boater?”

Marine manufacturers are doing their part to stop the spread of AIS. 

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