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County headed in right direction with Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force

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On behalf of the Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations (COLA) and the Pelican River Watershed District, we would like to thank all those who attended the Becker County Commission meeting on Oct. 24 to urge the Commissioners to form a Becker County Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force. We would also like to thank the Commissioners for asking us to make our recommendations.

The threat of zebra mussels and other invaders is real. We have to look no further south of the county line than Pelican, Rose, Lizzie and Prairie lakes. Winter does not kill zebra mussels nor does anything else. The economic and environmental impact on communities -- especially those dependent on tourism like ours -- is devastating.

Creating the Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force was the Commissioners idea and it's one we fully support, as our recommended action plan outlined.

With the last of the docks and boats coming off the lake, it's hard to imagine that there are only 175 days until ice-out on Big Detroit (the average date is April 20). Will Becker County be ready with specific measures to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species at our border? We urge you to ask your commissioner what resources Becker County is willing to commit to protecting public waters for future generations to enjoy and for the economic future of Becker County. -- Tera Guetter, Administrator, Pelican River Watershed District, Dick Hecock, President, Becker County Coalition of Lake Associations

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