Burnsville will spend up to $27,920 for the harvesting of curlyleaf pondweed on Crystal Lake.
Curly-leaf pondweed is an invasive plant that contributes to algae in lakes. Removing the plant by water harvesting has been shown to improve water quality.
About 43 acres of curly-leaf pondweed will be harvested in Crystal Lake — all beyond a 150-foot shoreline of private property. Homeowners are responsible for harvesting the weed along the shoreline, the city said. The homeowners will pay the contractor directly and the city will send them contact information.
“J&N Harvesting is the only known contractor in the area with the proper number of harvesters and proper size to handle a project of this size,’’ according to a city staff report. The staff recommended approval of a $22,920 contract with the company and advised adding $5,000 for potential extra harvesting time on Crystal Lake if needed, as well as mileage to be paid for the hauling and dumping of the cut weeds. The City Council approved it last week.
Elsewhere, Burnsville and Apple Valley will team up to remove the weed and bottom-feeding fish from Lake Alimagnet and Keller Lake.
The $8,500 cost of the lake management will be split between the two cities.
In Keller Lake, populations of goldfish and Bullheads are growing. “Both of these fish are bottom feeders and have been shown to degrade water quality by disturbing the lake sediment,” the Burnsville staff reported.” All game fish that are caught will be returned to the lake.
Co-op’s Community Food Day coming up in April
Valley Natural Foods, the co-op in Burnsville, is hosting a Community Food Day next month.
The free conference and exhibition is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5 at the Minnesota Valley YMCA, 13850 Portland Av. S., Burnsville.
The keynote speaker is Jim Riddle, who has served on the federal government’s National Organic Standards Board, speaking to the environmental and health benefits of organic foods and farming.
There are also kids’ activities, other informational sessions and a vendor showing local food resources.
The schedule is at http://tinyurl.com/kw59vtu.
To learn more, contact Erin Erickson at email@example.com or 952-891-1212 ext. 236.
Panel chooses finalists for name of new park
Eagan’s Advisory Parks Commission has recommended the City Council consider one of three names for a new park to be developed in the Cedar Grove redevelopment area near Hwy. 13 and Hwy. 77. The council will have the final say over the name of the park, which will be south of the new outlet mall being built by Paragon Outlet Partners.