Protecting Our Lakes

Minnesota is the home of 10,000 lakes, and Shorewood has quite a few of our own. To protect Minnesota waters it takes a village. We all must work together to do the right think to keep our lakes, streams, wetlands, and rivers clean.

Success With Zebra Mussels in Christmas Lake

Eleven days after Zequanox® was applied to an area around the Christmas Lake public boat access in Shorewood, it appeared it may have resulted in 100 percent mortality of the zebra mussels in the treatment area. Zequanox, a non-chemical treatment that has been federally approved for open water use, was applied to a 50 by 60 foot containment area on September 8. As of September 19, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) staff did not find any live mussels in the treatment zone. The combination of Zequanox and the near-total removal of dissolved oxygen caused by the treatment appear to have killed virtually all of the zebra mussels in the containment area.

Get more details and learn what happens next.

Watershed Association Initiative

Residents living in a lake neighborhood might be a part of a neighborhood lake association. Those who are not might be ineterested in starting one. Lake Associations, much like homeowners assocations, connect neighbors to make positive impacts on their lake. The Watershed Assocation Inistiative (WAI) can help. WAI, through a unique partnership between the Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), offer a number of valuable resources:

  • Support for new and existing water groups including seed grants for start up.
  • Collaborative workshops that focus on your clean water interests.
  • Connections to other grant sources and cost-share progrmas.
  • Guidance and funding for creating a Lake Management Plan.
  • Help with a variety of organizational issues from planning to membership.

Want to know more? Contact Alex Gehrig, 651.357.7486

AIS Ordinance for Christmas Lake

The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Ordinance covers watercraft entering Christmas Lake from the public access boat launch. The ordinance requires all watercraft entering the water to go through an AIS inspection. The inspection is provided at the public boat launch for no charge. Boaters may refuse to have an inspection and not enter the water. zebra muscles

Should a boater refuse inspection and enter the water they are subject to a fine of up to $1000 and up to 90 days in jail. The ordinance was enacted in an effort to protect the waters of Christmas Lake from zebra mussels, which have been found in many Minnesota lakes including Lake Minnetonka. Questions regarding the ordinance may be referred to Planning Director Brad Nielsen, 952.960.7912.

Christmas Lake Gate

In an effort to make sure boats entering Christmas Lake are not contaminated with Zebra Mussels, a gate has been installed at the public entrance of Christmas Lake. The gate will be down restricting access to the lake from 10 pm to 6 am daily. As in previous years, lake access continues to be during Shorewood park hours, 6 am-10 pm daily. During open hours boats may be inspected. If you have questions about the gate contact city hall at 952.960.7900. In case of emergency after business hours dial 9-1-1.

Battling Aquatic Invasive Species

While boats are a great way to appreciate water resources, they’re also a primary transporter of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). From zebra mussels to Eurasian watermilfoil, AIS are infesting lakes and streams and harming recreation, ecology and aesthetic appeal. In the short term, invasive species are a nuisance. In the long term, they will alter how we enjoy our lakes. boat

Currently, there is no safe technique to get rid of most AIS once they’re established. While researchers work on long-term solutions, everyone who uses the state’s water bodies must take responsibility for their own equipment. A few simple steps can help stop AIS from spreading:

  • Clean your boat and all equipment with high-pressure, hot water after leaving a lake, stream or river. AIS attach to boats, nets, docks, swimming platforms and boat lifts, and spread when that equipment enters new water. You should remove all aquatic plants from your boat, trailer, and motor, wrap them in a plastic bag and dispose of them in the trash.
  • Drain all fishing and swimming equipment items after leaving a lake or river. Invasive species are not always visible to the naked eye, which makes it easy for them to hitchhike in bait buckets, motors, live wells and swimming equipment. Be sure to dump the water on land, not into storm drains or other bodies of water. Failing to drain all water from your boat after leaving any water body is illegal in Minnesota.
  • Allow your boat to dry thoroughly to destroy any clinging AIS before launching in another water body. If possible, store boats out of the water.

Learn more at www.minnehahacreek.org/AIS.