Aquatic Plant Management Plan
Our activities to control the bad plants
In early 2004, because of the growing concern over to the rapid increase in the amount of Curlyleaf pondweed in our lakes, an Aquatic Plant Management Committee was established. Our Lake Association members were: Merle Anderson, Nick Bernier, Rodger Bubendorf, Mark Germain, Ron Hedlund, Warren Herold and Paula West. Our newly formed Aquatic Vegetation Committee recognized the need to accurately identify the amount and location of the infestation. The last recorded survey was done in 1994, so the Mission Lakes Association authorized a retired DNR professional to conduct an aquatic plant survey of both lakes. The survey disclosed that Curlyleaf pondweed had infected about 300 acres on Lower Mission and 150 acres on Upper Mission. As a result of these findings, and the growing relationship between our lake association, the DNR, and the applicator, Professional Lake Management, the DNR decided to conduct their own extensive survey in 2005.
The Committee then collaborated with staff from the DNR Fisheries Section to develop a Vegetation Management Plan covering the issues of both Upper and Lower Mission Lakes. . It has become necessary to make minor adjustments to this plan when deemed necessary. This is done by mutual agreement. The plan was in effect through January 1, 2010, at which time both parties agree to review the plan and its effectiveness in reaching its goals. Adjustments to the plan based on this review have recently been made and the plan renewed by mutual agreement.
Another result of our growing relationship was the development of a five year pilot program to assess the results of whole-lake treatment of the Curlyleaf pondweed in Lower Mission. The pilot program brought us professional management from the DNR and the University of Minnesota, as well as substantial grants and yearly vegetation surveys by the DNR.
It was on June 2&3, 2008, when Dan Swanson, DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist, was performing a plant survey on Upper Mission. Although he found a healthy native plant population, along with some Curlyleaf, he was surprised to find rooted Eurasian Water-milfoil in two locations. During a follow-up native plant survey in mid-June, Eurasian watermilfoil was found in 26 different locations in Upper Mission.
For more information on our Aquatic Plant Management activities, go to our Lake Management Plan here. In the Table of Contents you can find the APM subjects you are interested in and click on it (some of you may need to scroll to the appropriate page).”