Mechanical harvesting of Starry Stonewart pulled an estimated 260,000 pounds of the invasive weed from Lake Koronis in Paynesville this summer. It's year two of a plan to try to manage the fast-spreading invasive species.
It was all hands on deck this (Friday) morning with the first ever Golden Gopher Fishing Classic. Head Football Coach Tracy Claeys and his staff got to cast off with local anglers sharing stories, braving the rain, and meeting fans.
Last summer, the aquatic invasive species Starry Stonewart was found in Paynesville's Lake Koronis. It's the first known infestation of Starry Stonewart in Minnesota. The Legislature took notice and passed a bill this session allocating $200,000 to help fight the weedy invader.