The Annual Lake Byllesby Improvement Association Potluck and General Meeting will be held at the Camp Phillippo Dining Hall on Thursday evening, April 20th. A “Pot Luck” Dinner will be served at 6:30 P.M. with the Annual Meeting to follow at 7:00 P.M. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass, and to arrive no later than 6:00 P.M.
Featured speakers will include:
Dakota County Deputy Krystal Johnson, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator (Dakota/Goodhue County), Dr Julie MaxsonSiltation Study Results for Western portion of Lake Byllesby, and Ms.Lil Leatham, PLA, Dakota County Planner-Lake Byllesby Regional Park Master Plan. Additional speakers will include County Commissioners Brad Anderson (Goodhue) and Mike Slavik (Dakota). L.B.I.A. memberships will be available the evening of the event.
Anglers and waters
Participation and the economy
Who goes fishing?
Visit mndnr.gov/LicenseDollarsAtwork for more information about how the DNR spends fishing license dollars, and select a Fisheries area to find local information.
2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, (U.S. and Minnesota reports) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Sportfishing in America, January 2013, produced by Southwick and Associates.
According to Derrick Johnson, Bomber Football Booster Club Coordinator for the Annual Dock/Lift Project at Lake Byllesby, the Cannon Falls Bomber Football Booster Club and their sons will be placing Docks/Lifts into Lake Byllesby on Saturday, April 29th beginning at 9:00 A.M.
Lakeshore homeowners will be receiving a letter from the Bomber Boosters in early April with contact information and instructions for scheduling this service. This spring the boosters will be attempting to schedule ALL dock/lift installations on a single day. A donation to the Cannon Falls Bomber Football Boosters (a 501C3 non-profit organization) of $180.00 will insure 1 1/2 hrs. of labor for this specific project. Lakeshore homeowners are encouraged to be present during the installation and provide the necessary tools.
More information will be forthcoming; however for those wanting to schedule now, they may contact Derrick Johnson at (612) 964-1985. This has been a very successful fundraising event for the past eight years. Thank You CF Football Booster Club members and sons for this valuable community service.
It was announced this past week that Don Benson, a twenty year employee at the Phillippo Scout Camp will be replacing retiring Chief Ranger Dave Pederson effective March 1st. Benson grew up in Cannon Falls.
Welcome Chief Ranger Don Benson!
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension is offering AIS Detector Training for individuals in AIS survey methods, species identification, and reporting procedures. Because early detection is an important strategy in preventing the spread of AIS, Dakota County is offering to reimburse the registration fee ($175.00) for up to 10 individuals who successfully complete the training.
The training program requires completion of an online course/exam (approximately 6-8 hours) and in-person workshop/exam. Participants will receive a printed training manual, an AIS identification field guide, refresh-ments and lunch at the in-person workshop, and networking opportunities with other AIS Detectors and experts. AIS Detectors will need to complete 25 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of annual continuing education to maintain AIS Detector certification. Continuing education opportunities will be made available to participants through the program.
Registration for AIS Detector training opened on February 15th with the online course opening on March 20th. After completing the online course component, the volunteer will need to complete an in-person workshop. In-person workshop locations include Andover on April 21 or Mankato on April 28.
Additional information about the AIS Detector Program, visit http://www.maisrc.umn.edu/ais-detector.
Questions should be directed to michael.Rutten@co.dakota.mn.us
Michael Rutten, Water Resource Specialist Direct 952 891 7008
Environmental Resources Dept. Fax 952 891 7588
14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124
Dakota County recently announced that in 2017, Level 1 Watercraft Inspectors will be hired to conduct watercraft inspections at boat launches within their Lake Byllesby Park.
The motorized boat access on Lake Byllesby is owned by Dakota County. Level 1 Watercraft Inspectors are trained to inspect water-related equipment, both visually and tactilely, at the accesses before equipment is launched into the water. Inspectors are authorized to prohibit the launching or operations of water-related equipment if a person refuses to either allow an inspection or won’t remove water or vegetation. They can also require a watercraft (or other equipment) be decontaminated prior to launching into the lake. Inspectors will be stationed at the main boat launches in the park on weekends and holidays from the fishing opener through Labor Day.
Inspectors may also be asked to move between the main watercraft access in the park and the two smaller accesses along the northern shore to perform inspections and educate the public on AIS best management practices. Because of the potential hazards to the Byllesby Dam, that could be brought about by an AIS infestation in the lake, preventing an AIS introduction (particularly zebra mussels) in Lake Byllesby is a top priority for Dakota County.
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