NEWSBRIEF: Volunteer to search for new aquatic invasive species

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, Aug. 17 to search for starry stonewort, a type of algae that is Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species. 

More than a dozen sites will be checked around the state, including in Dakota County. Volunteers in Dakota County will meet in Apple Valley at Camp Sacajawea Retreat Center, 5121 McAndrews Road, at 8:30 a.m. for training before heading to nearby lakes to look for starry stonewort. Volunteers will return to Camp Sacajawea to report their findings.

No experience or equipment is necessary to participate, and expert training is provided. The event is free, but registration is requested by Aug. 6. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 14 Minnesota lakes. Early detection of this species is critical for control. Learn more about starry stonewort from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center at www.maisrc.umn.edu.

A portion of the funding for this program is provided by the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

For volunteer registration and a list of sites, visit www.starrytrek.org. For more information, contact Lindsey Albright at lindsey.albright@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-480-7783.

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