The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has updated its list to show the additional lakes and river sections that were newly designated as waters infested with invasive species...and that list includes Winona area waters.
The DNR says the designation of waters with aquatic invasive species highlights the urgency for increased awareness and vigilance by people who are transporting water or water-related equipment such as boats, docks and boat lifts. Extra effort is needed to clean, drain and dry all equipment to prevent further spread from infested waters.
Added to the list is the Mississippi River downstream of Lock and Dam Two, all the way to the Iowa border. Bighead and Silver carp were found in the Mississippi River in the Winona area this past spring. Lake Pepin was also added to the list of waters containing Zebra Mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil.
Another major concern is the discovery in southwestern Minnesota waters of Asian carp, which have moved up from the Missouri River. That has led to the designation of many water bodies in that area as infested with bighead and silver carp.