Committed to the Preservation of Big Sand Lake
Hubbard County, Park Rapids, MN
Big Sand Lake Association
committed to the preservation of Big Sand Lake
Big Sand Lake • Current News & Events
10/03/2016 - INSPECTION IS CRUCIAL! Help Keep Big Sand AIS Free
Help protect Big Sand from aquatic invasive species. Our primary concern at this time is a zebra mussel invasion. Zebra Mussels continue to spread to more lakes in Minnesota (see item below) and have been identified in nearby Detroit Lake.
Early detection is the best way to possibly control an infestation. Please carefully inspect boats, docks, lifts, or other water-related equipment when they are removed from the lake this fall, or instruct your service provider to do so. On smooth surfaces, young zebra mussels feel like fine sandpaper. Juveniles are about the size of peppercorns. Adults can be two inches long, but most are less than an inch.
Big Sand Lake Association has purchased and dispersed 20 zebra mussel samplers to volunteers around the lake for inspection this fall. More of these samplers will be available next season. However, it is important for every dock, and all water related equipment to be inspected. Click here for photographs of juvenile zebra mussels and instructions for reporting a possible finding.
10/03/2016 - AIS SUMMIT OCTOBER 5-6 IN ST. CLOUD
Click here for a detailed list of break out sessions scheduled for the state-wide summit on Aquatic Invasive Species in St. Cloud on October 5-6. Al Judson and Richard Sederstrom from Big Sand will be attending. It would be helpful to have more Big Sand representatives attending to cover more of the sessions. If you are able to attend, please register at (http://aissummit.mnlakesandrivers.org/registration). Then contact Catharine Williamson, email@example.com so we know who from Big Sand will be at the conference.
More information about the summit and the MN Lakes and Rivers organization is available on this page in the left hand column under BSLA Information/Advocacy Memberships. Or click here (http://aissummit.mnlakesandrivers.org/registration).
10/03/2016 - DNR Confirms Zebra Mussels in 4 More MN Lakes
In a September 22 press release, the Department of Natural Resources has confirmed four new reports of zebra mussels in Minnesota lakes: Lake Sallie in Becker County; Lake Andrew in Douglas County; Lac qui Parle in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties; and Big Birch Lake in Todd and Stearns counties. Click here for the complete press release and a photograph of zebra mussels in comparison to a human hand.
09/14/2016 - MORE BAD NEWS FROM THE DNR - STARRY STONEWORT, A NEW INVASIVE THREAT
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed Minnesota's third and fourth cases of the invasive algae starry stonewort, in Upper Red Lake in Beltrami County and Cass Lake, within the Leech Lake Reservation in Beltrami County. DNR staff also confirmed starry stonewort among heavy native plant growth in a northeast section of Cass Lake, near the Knutson Dam on the Leech Lake Reservation. Further investigation will reveal the extent of the infestation and potential treatment options on Cass Lake. The second case of starry stonewort in Minnesota was confirmed earlier this month in Turtle Lake, also in Beltrami County. The first was confirmed one year ago in Lake Koronis, 185 miles due south of Turtle Lake. Click here for a complete copy of the press release.
07/22/2016 - Have You Forgotten an Important Task?
If you have not yet renewed your Big Sand Lake Association (BSLA) membership, or if you have been meaning to join as a first time member, please click on one of the following links, "Renew My Membership", "Become a Member", or "Become an Associate Member" (a reduced rate for non-resident Big Sand friends and adult children of BSLA members) for a quick, easy and secure way to take care of this task. Thank you in advance for your membership!
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