LETTER TO THE EDITOR: How about a common sense solution? – Pioneer Bemidji

I would like to respond to the article “Boat cleaning stations aim to control aquatic invaders” (published on page B5 in the January 8 edition) of Bemidji Pioneer.

As I have said in the past about these ridiculous attempts to deal with aquatic invasive species, this is just another pointless bureaucratic attempt to poke fun at you and give some vulnerable people a warm, fuzzy feeling about the end of invasive species.

There is no ending this problem because, as with boat inspections and decontamination stations, there is no guarantee that any living organisms or plant life can be eliminated.

How much was spent on inspections and were live invasive species removed from a lake entrance? Where are the figures on the use of these decontamination stations and the cost to tax-paying citizens?

I guess they weren’t used much or more of them would be bought. Instead, another estimated $32,000 per unit for air hoses, scrub brushes, grip tools, and lights, which I predict won’t survive long without more monitoring costs. .

Who thinks of this stuff? What a waste of money! How about a pair of waders and a rake for the inspectors to keep the entrances clear of any vegetation.

Also, why is Jeff Forester, (executive director of the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates), referencing a Cornell University study that has nothing to do with Minnesota boaters? I questioned this guy’s credibility years ago when he said that lake property would lose value where invasive species are.


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I checked a few properties and the value went up, not down. These people twist and fabricate narratives for their own agenda. Real data could be collected by these so-called inspectors here locally on whether the public wants more money to go to inspections.

When Beltrami County AIS first came out with the program, compliance was 98-99%. Enough is enough. Put the money into something science-based like DNR inventory, aquatic plant monitoring, and invasive species mitigation in Minnesota lakes.

How about a common sense solution? Use those dollars for a shallow well at the affected accesses to provide fresh water for bait containers so ordinary users can save their bait for another day. They can stop dumping bait in lakes or woods and not try to locate non-existent trash cans.


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