Lakeshore property owners are reminded that a permit may be required to remove certain lake plants
“Aquatic plants are essential to healthy lake ecosystems, a fact that bears repeating each year as people turn attention to outdoor recreation and their shorelines,” said Steve Enger, supervisor of the aquatic plant management program for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. “We remind property owners to check the regulations to see if they need a permit.
“We want to work with property owners to answer their questions about what plant removal is allowed and what requires a permit,” Enger said.
Aquatic plants provide food and shelter for fish, ducks and other wildlife. They stabilize the lake bottom, which helps maintain water clarity, and also protect shorelines from erosion by absorbing energy from waves and ice, Enger said.
Aquatic plant regulations are summarized at www.mndnr.gov/shorelandplants or by calling 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367.