Aquatic Invasive Species prevention pays off
Burnett County Sentinel
SIREN—In the battle to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) between lakes and their impact, lake associations are seeing significant and positive results, according to the owner of a growing company focused on automated education and monitoring of boat launches.
Eric Lindberg has been working with Burnett County Lakes and Rivers Association in Northwestern Wisconsin ever since they received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to educate boaters and reduce the spread of AIS such as Eurasian watermilfoil and Zebra mussels.
“It’s taken the combined efforts of many people”, says Lindberg, “but as a result of informing people that the future of the lakes are at stake, laws will be enforced and behaviors acknowledged, we’ve seen tremendous improvements in boater behaviors.”
Bill Yorkson, Yellow Lakes and River Board member notes “Our association installed three cameras in 2007 and with an additional focus on education, we feel confident that this is the best tool available to slow the spread of AIS”.
Fred Kruger, the Burnett County Lakes and Rivers project manager for the two-year DNR grant said, “We had five lakes and seven sites in the program for the first two years. We witnessed a huge surge of awareness of invasives among the boaters in Burnett County and how these invasives are transferred by boating equipment from lake to lake.”