LETTER TO THE EDITOR: How about a common-sense solution?
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I would like to respond to the article “Boat-cleaning stations aim to control aquatic invader” (published on Page B5 in the Jan. 8 edition) of the Bemidji Pioneer.
As I have voiced in the past about these ridiculous attempts to fight aquatic invasive species, this is just another wasteful bureaucratic attempt to pull the wool over your eyes and give some vulnerable folks a warm and fuzzy feeling about ending invasive species.
It is not possible to end this problem because, as with boat inspections and decontaminating stations, there are no guarantees that every living organism or plant life can be eliminated.
How much has been spent on inspections and have any living invasive species been eliminated from entering a lake? Where are the numbers on the usage of these decontamination stations and the cost to the tax-paying citizens?
My guess is that they have not been used much or more of them would be purchased. Instead, another estimated $32,000 per unit for air hoses, scrubbing brushes, grabbing tools and lights, which I will predict to not survive long without more cost in surveillance.
Who thinks of this stuff? What a waste of money! How about a pair of waders and a rake for inspectors to keep the accesses 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 lake property will go down in value where invasive species are found.
I have checked a few properties and the value has gone 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 to find out if the public wants more money to go to inspections.
When Beltrami County AIS first came out with the program, compliance was at 98 to 99%. Enough is enough. Put the money into something science-based like DNR inventory, monitoring of aquatic plants and mitigation of invasive species in lakes in Minnesota.
How about a common-sense solution? Use these dollars for a shallow well at impacted accesses to provide fresh water for bait containers so common users can keep their bait to use another day. They can stop dumping bait into lakes or in the woods and not try to locate nonexistent trash cans.
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