DNR invites comments on Sand Lake vegetation management plan

(Released June 5, 2014)

People interested in reviewing and commenting on the draft Sand Lake vegetation management plan have until June 23, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. The lake is located near Britt, in northern St. Louis County.

The draft vegetation management plan was prepared by DNR fisheries managers in cooperation with the Sand Lake Association to determine future actions to control a nuisance condition of submerged vegetation and the potential risks of those actions. The plan was developed due to the lake association’s desire to mechanically harvest aquatic vegetation that interferes with recreation.

The draft plan includes a description of the aquatic vegetation, issues and goals to be addressed by the plan, and recommendations for land activities that can help reduce nutrients that encourage aquatic plant growth. It also describes the proposed action for aquatic vegetation management both in the main lake and guidelines for individual property owners.

Following the public comment period, the draft plan will be completed and used as a guide for both lake association actions and permits issued by DNR fisheries for aquatic plant management. The final decision for vegetation removal within the planned area will be made by association members and funded by donations.

A copy of the plan is at the DNR fisheries office in Tower, or an electronic copy can be emailed. To request an emailed copy, contact Dena Roseth, Tower area fisheries at 218-753-2580 or dena.roseth@state.mn.us. Written comments can be sent to Edie Evarts, Tower area fisheries supervisor, 650 Highway 169, Tower, MN 55790, or by email to edie.evarts@state.mn.us.