WCCOLA
Wright County COLA
Wright County Coalition of
Lake Associations (WCCOLA)
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WCCOLA Spring Meeting & WSWCD Water Quality Training
There was a great group of attendees at the meeting on May 4th! 
--Dan Nadeau from Wright Soil and Water Conservation District reviewed water erosion projects and connected the dots between soil health and water quality. Here's his presentation.
--Chris Hector from the Wright Regional Inspection Program provided an update on the program and the plans for 2019 operations. Here's his presentation.
--Sonja Moseley, District Administrator for the Clearwater River Watershed District gave an overview of the CRWD projects.
--Jeff Forrester from Minnesota Lakes and Rivers reviewed the important water and river legislation from the 2019 session.
--Volunteer Water Quality Program: Drop off your samples at WSWCD office (763-682-1970, 311 Brighton Ave S, Buffalo, MN) May 20 | June 17 | July 15| August 19 | Sept 16

   
Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination and Inspection Program *Free Decontamination Services Start May 10*

In a first for the state of Minnesota, Wright County has established a regional watercraft decontamination and inspection program.

The program is working to seek final approval DNR approval to begin operations in 2019. At this time, a Regional inspection is not required to enter lakes.

Random at the access inspections at the lakes will be conducted until the approval of WRIP by the DNR.

Voluntary decontaminations continue to be available free of charge at the Regional inspection station beginning May 10th | 1300 Business Bvd (north on Annandale Blvd off of HWY 55 and follow road to the end).  

Free watercraft Decontamination Open May 10th
1300 Business Blvd Annandale, MN 
Mon-Thur: 9am to 5pm
Fri-Sun: 8am to 6pm 


.The program had a great 2018 season:
  • Inspections for the lakes in the program increased 51% compared with 2017.
  • Wait times were low--average was 30 seconds.
  • Sixty-eight inspections failed with sixteen being zebra mussel infestations. Violations were identified and corrected before accessing the lake.
  • Here's more information about the 2018 activities.
We remind boaters and anglers to follow all Minnesota laws to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:
  • Clean aquatic plants and animals from watercraft;
  • Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft; and
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
The program is a pilot to increase the percentage of boats inspected prior to launch and to improve the cost-effectiveness of inspections in Wright County.

Courtesy inspections and decontaminations continue to be available to anyone wishing to use any Wright County lake.

The Wright County Regional Watercraft Decontamination Inspection Program is a joint effort between the Wright Soil and Water Conservation District, the City of Annandale, the Greater Lake Sylvia Lake Association, the Pleasant Lake Association, and the Lake John Association.  Significant financial support has been provided by the Initiative Foundation Aquatic Invasive Species Program (Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council). For more information contact Alicia O’Hare AIS@wrightswcd.org or visit 

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AIS Information on Wright Soil and Water Conservation Website
Check it out! 

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Starry Stonewort--our newest aquatic invader Watch this short video to learn how to identify Starry Stonewort 

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