Ideas clash on how to fight invasive species

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s fight against aquatic invasive species is pitting the government panel that helps allocate Legacy Fund money against lake property owners.

Minnesota Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1fDWoKO ) the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council angered the Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations when it replaced the group’s proposal with one of its own.

Outdoor Heritage Council Chairman David Hartwell says the association’s proposal to spend $25 million for boat cleaning stations statewide had little chance of success.

Instead, the council wants to spend $3.6 million to ask local governments and private groups for ideas to fight invasive species. Those ideas would be considered for matching grants, pilot projects would be developed and their effectiveness monitored.

Joe Shneider of the Coalition of Lake Associations worries that spending time asking for ideas will delay action.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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