From the DNR
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently completed a two-part video that describes groundwater basics and results of a LCCMR funded project regarding the recharge characteristics of the Mt. Simon aquifer.
The large bedrock aquifer is located hundreds of feet underground and supplies water for more than 1 million Minnesotans in and around the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Research shows that in the Twin Cities area, people are pumping groundwater out of the Mt. Simon aquifer faster than it can be replenished.
Key areas within northwestern Wright, eastern Sherburne, and southern Isanti counties play essential roles in replenishing water to the Mt. Simon aquifer.
Learn more about groundwater and watch the videos at http://mndnr.gov/groundwater.
CO weekley reports
From the DNR
• CO Rick Reller (Buffalo) attended a kids fishing clinic in Buffalo with the TIP trailer.
It was a great turn out with a lot of young anglers.
Reller also followed up on a TIP call of possible over limit of fish with enforcement action taken.
Once again problems with young animals in city lots are coming in daily.
It is best for them to be left alone in most cases.
• CO Steve Walter (Waconia) worked the Stillwater Bridge Detail.
Several injured animal and orphaned animal calls were handled.
Anglers and boat and water safety checks were done on area lakes and rivers.
• CO Jackie Glaser (Mound) worked boating and fishing enforcement on Lake Minnetonka. Numerous violations were found including no watercraft registration, gunwale riding, no PFD, extra lines, and no fishing license.
She also worked the Stillwater bridge project on the river.
Numerous injured and orphaned animal calls were handled.
• CO Jen Mueller (Hutchinson) followed up on complaint of property left within the Luce Line Trail right of way.
A high use ATV area was worked during the week with enforcement action taken on ATV riders for driving on a county road and operating an unregistered ATV.
Area lakes were checked for angling and boating activity.
A trespassing complaint on a private pond was also addressed.
• CO Brett Oberg (Hutchinson) reports checking limits of northern pike on area lakes this week.
Oberg also handled calls dealing with fawns and eagles.
Time was also spent working OHM and ATV enforcement in the Minnesota River Valley.
Question of the week
From the DNR
Q: What is the purpose of native aquatic plants along a shoreline?
A: Aquatic plants are essential components of most freshwater ecosystems.
Many of Minnesota’s most sought-after fish species depend heavily on aquatic vegetation for food, protection from predators and reproduction.
In addition to fish, many wildlife species depend on aquatic plants for food and nesting sites.
Aquatic plants not eaten by waterfowl support many insects and other aquatic invertebrates that serve as important food sources for migratory birds and their young.
Emergent aquatic vegetation also provides nesting cover for a variety of waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and songbirds.
The reproductive success of ducks nesting near lakes, for example, is closely tied to the availability of aquatic plants.
Beyond providing food and shelter for fish and wildlife, aquatic vegetation maintains water clarity, prevents suspension of bottom sediments and limits shoreline erosion by moderating the effects of wave and ice erosion.
A healthy native plant community also prevents non-native invasive aquatic plants from establishing.
In short, many of the things we enjoy most about lakes are directly linked to aquatic vegetation.