Notice is hereby given the Pelican River Watershed District is conducting an aquatic invasive species control project involving herbicide treatments of Curly-leaf pondweed and Flowering Rush infestations for lakes Big and Little Detroit, Curfman, Sallie, Melissa, and Muskrat.
Flowering Rush Treatments - completed July 7,2020. The second treatment is anticipated the week of 8/10/2020.
Only Detroit and Sallie will be receiving treatments in 2020. The District is very excited to achieve this milestone. The District will continue to annually monitor and assess the shorelines of Detroit, Curfman, Sallie and Melissa for plant growth. Treatment Map
NOTICE: CLP Treatments were completed on Tuesday, June 2nd on Detroit and Curfman.
2020 Treatment Map for Detroit & Curfman
Update for Sallie and Melissa 6/2/2020: No growth was observed on Lakes Sallie and Melissa, therefore no treatments will be conducted in 2020. The District will continue to monitor these lakes for growth in 2021 and treat as needed by implementing our Adaptive Management Plan.
Update for Muskrat Lake 6/2/2020: The District treated two acre area on the Southeast side of Muskrat Lake.
The Pelican River Watershed District contracted with Ryan Wersal, PH.D., from Minnesota State University, Mankato to develope a plan to combat invasive plant infestations of Eursasian and Hybrid Watermilfoil, Starry Stonewort and Hydrilla if they make their way into our District. The Plan was reviewed by MN DNR staff who was very complimentary of the procedures as written and have stated they will support the efforts of the District as outlined in the Plan.
To read the full plan - click here
The District has been busy this spring and summer issuing permits for work on the shoreline. We encourage every one doing shore line work to consider applying for our Cost Share Program. If you don't live on the lake and would like to plant a rain garden to enhance your yard and maybe promote pollinators, we encourage you to apply also. Cost share funds can be used by public or private landowners within the District for implementing projects that assist in one or all of the following:
1. Protect or restore quality of lakes and rivers.
2. Protect or restore native plant communities and wildlife habitats with emphasis on lakes.
3. Priority will be given to shore land and streambank restoration projects.
4. Innovative approaches to treat stormwater at the source.
Funding is a 75% match of eligible expenses with a maximum level of $500 for single family homes, $1000 for condo and apartment complexes and $1500 for not-for-profit religious organizations, public and private schools, local government agencies and private businesses.
To our community and colleagues, we hope everyone is doing well in light of these unprecedented times and events related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The safety and well-being of our employees and our shared communities are of utmost importance to all of us at the Pelican River Watershed District. For that reason we are operating in accordance with guidelines from the State of Minnesota.
What this Means
The Wells-Fargo Building was closed on March 19, 2020 and they are currently open by appointment only. The PRWD's office continues to be closed to the public, but appointments may be set up as needed, however, masks and social distancing are required. The District will continue its critical operations (projects, permits, monitoring, financial) during this emergency period.
All meetings and contacts will be conducted via e-mail, phone, or web conferencing as much as possible. PRWD staff's commitment to excellent and prompt customer service has not changed. We’ll continue working on our projects and issuing permits using the remote-work technology tools we have at our disposal to communicate and conduct meetings (conference calls, video-teleconferencing).
E-mail is the preferred method of initial contact.
Permit Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monitoring Program: email@example.com
General Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff contacts are on the website at: www.prwd.org
Mail Address: 211 Holmes Street West, Suite 201, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
PERMITS. PRWD will continue to receive and process permits. The most efficient contact point is email@example.com or if a specific point of contact is needed leave a message at 218-846-0436 and your call will be returned within 24-hrs. Given our small office staff, we will work diligently to provide responsive customer service. On-site visits may continue following social distancing guidelines, however this may change if conditions warrant. Use of photos is strongly encouraged.
Permit Application Materials and Information: http://www.prwd.org/permits/apply-permit/
Submit permit information electronically. Permitting materials, photos, plans, questions, and comments should be submitted electronically while the PRWD office is closed to the public. Permit application and review fees will still need to be mailed to the District office (see address above). If electronic means are not available contact the office and we will provide further assistance.
Board of Managers meetings
The Board of Managers meetings will be conducted via teleconference or by other electronic means. All details about Board of Managers meetings are available on our website at www.prwd.org or can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org (including instructions for attending a meeting via teleconference) or at 218-846-0436 (leave a message). The next board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2020.