Where has all the flowering rush gone?
My wife and I have been residents of Detroit Lakes for nearly a quarter of a century. I was born and raised here and the two lakes that go by the name of Detroit have been an important part of my life. For the last 20 years we have watched the first slow, and most recently rapid demise of Big and Little Detroit due to the invasive plant by the name of Flowering Rush. Two years ago many in the community wondered how long it would be before the lake would be completely overtaken by this rapidly growing and spreading plant.
Rarely today do you read about how the government at the federal, state and local level coming together to work hard with concerned local citizens to attack and defeat a problem. Most often you read about how those involved cannot come to agreement and compromises cannot be reached. That did not occur here in Detroit Lakes. Somehow, someway, those in “power” listened to those who “know” and a compromise was reached and a plan of attack was implemented.
Today we have families and kids enjoying our public beach and lakes by the 100’s on a daily basis. Though we are children of the 1970s and 80s, when the teenagers ruled the DL Beach, it is refreshing and wonderful to drive the beach today and see the young kids and families enjoying the clean weed-free water. If you are fortunate enough to take a boat ride around the lake the change in as little as two years is breathtaking. Two years ago we had a lake that was about to be overtaken by Flowering Rush. Today you have to work hard and look closely to find the weed.
We do not know who all needs to be thanked and congratulated on this incredible work. We assume the Department of Natural Resources, the Pelican River Watershed, the City of Detroit Lakes, the Coalition of Lakes Association and the Lake Detroiters Association all need to be thanked. In particular we want to acknowledge the work of Tera Guetter and Dick Hecock of the Pelican River Watershed. We are sure there are others we have missed, but rest assured we are all thankful for your diligence.
Thank you! — Kent and Patty Mollberg, Detroit Lakes