DNR continues fight against starry stonewort

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Department of Natural Resources says they’re continuing to be aggressive against starry stonewort infestations on Minnesota’s lakes.

Starry stonewort is already in several Beltrami County lakes, including Cass, Moose, upper Red, Turtle and Wolf, according to the infested waters list.

The DNR will issue permits for pilot projects, working with local governments and lake associations and partnering with researchers to limit starry stonewort in Minnesota after it was first confirmed in 2015.

The first cases of starry stonewort in Beltrami County were confirmed just a year later.

Starry stonewort can double or triple in size in just a couple of years, with hand removal by divers appearing to be effective when done carefully. 

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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