Lake Minnetonka Conservation District continuing harvesting aquatic invasive plants through August

(Photo courtesy of the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District) A harvester on Lake Minnetonka that cuts Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed.

(Photo courtesy of the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District)
A harvester on Lake Minnetonka that cuts Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed.

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District is currently conducting its annual harvesting of the aquatic invasive species, Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed, that was started in June and will end in mid-August.

The harvesting started June 15 and Lafayette Bay, the west side of Spring Park, Phelps Bay, the south side of Enchanted Island and Shady Island have all been complete.

Priest Bay, Smithtown Bay, Cooks Bay, Black Lake, Seton Lake and Emerald Lake is being completed this week.

For a listing of bays being harvested on Lake Minnetonka, visit lmcd.org or follow the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District on Facebook.

The invasive plants are heavily spread throughout the lake.

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, Eurasian watermilfoil is a long thin plant that quickly spreads throughout lakes, crowding out native plants and creating dense mats that interfere with recreational activity.

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