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Lake improvement district and lake association representatives met with the Crow Wing County Board last week to talk about what was working and what hurdles remained as both groups continue their work to keep county lakes healthy. 

The fear of invasive species taking over a lake where some families have had cabins for generations is one of the motivations for lake improvement districts to seek authority to tax themselves. The lake people have learned that given current levels of state funding they can’t count on the DNR to spend the money it might take to be proactive in fighting Eurasian milfoil or other invasive species.

In this era, where complaints are often heard that people don’t care enough to get involved, it’s gratifying to observe the efforts of lake association and lake improvement district members. 

The lake residents and the county board both have a stake in keeping our lakes free of invasive species.