Public meeting to discuss removal of barrier between Kimball and Ossawinnamakee lakes

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host a public meeting for residents of Kimball Lake and Ossawinnamakee Lake in Crow Wing County. The meeting will be held August 22, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ideal Township Community Center, 35458 Butternut Point Rd, Pequot Lakes, Minn.

The DNR plans to remove a navigational barrier in Kimball Creek that was installed in 2004 to prevent the accidental transfer of zebra mussels from Ossawinnamakee Lake to Kimball Lake by recreational boaters.

“When the barrier was installed, we agreed we would remove the boulders to restore navigational access between the lakes if upstream Kimball Lake became infested with zebra mussels,” said DNR Ecological and Water Resources district manager, Michael Duval. “Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Kimball Lake, so we are following through with that initial commitment and want to check in with lake residents to ensure they are aware of our intentions.”

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation by DNR staff to share the background for placement of the navigation barrier and the plan to now remove the boulders that were placed in the creek. The remainder of the meeting time will be available to address questions and receive comments from lake residents.

The meeting is intended for lake residents of Kimball Lake and Ossawinnamakee Lake. While other interested individuals are welcome to attend, space in the Community Center is limited and priority seating will be given to residents of the affected lakes.

Questions about the meeting and the project can be directed to Michael Duval at the DNR’s Brainerd area office, 218-203-4353 or email michael.duval@state.mn.us.