2020 AIS Survey
Joel Settles tosses the rake to collect plant samples.
On a beautiful July day, an AIS inspection team including Pat and Dick Wulff, Joel Settles, Merry Petitclair and Robin Reid set out on Lake Independence to look for any signs of invasive species. The team was surprised to find very little vegetation; most of the shoreline areas were plant-free. The only exception was the west side of the lake, where there are bullrushes bordering the shoreline, and patches of lily pads.
There were only a few locations where coontail and Eurasian milfoil were visible. The milfoil observed along the shoreline earlier this summer has died back. Even normally abundant coontail was scarce. The patches of vegetation that were located consisted of coontail entwined with strands of half-dead milfoil. The native coontail appears to be driving out the invasive Eurasian milfoil. As expected, the team did not find any curly-leaf pondweed; it generally appears in the spring and dies in July.
Pat Wulff diligently hunts for starry stonewort.
The inspection turned up no signs of starry stonewort, an invasive algae that has been discovered in several Minnesota lakes. Early detection is critical for controlling the spread, so we remain vigilant. No zebra mussels were found during the inspection, but a few have been discovered recently by lakeshore owners. Fortunately, the critters don’t seem to like our lake and we’re not seeing the large clusters found on other nearby lakes.
2021 Calendar of Events
Ice Clean-up Day
Sunday, March 7
Annual Members Meeting
Saturday, May 8
Camp Iduhapi Outdoor Pavilion
4th of July Flotilla
Sunday, July 4
Assemble north of Baker Park Boat Launch
Thursday, July 15 @ Noon
Octoberfest in September Picnic
Saturday, September 25th
Baker Park Driftwood Picnic Shelter