In August and September the Anoka Conservation District is leading carp removal projects at Martin Lake. The lake, and others in the same chain that are being similarly managed, have high carp populations that affect water quality, habitat and the fishery. Six funding sources have combined to launch the work in 2020.
In the last two years, grants were used to remove over 5,000 carp from Martin Lake and a similar amount in Typo Lake. That is half-way to the goal set in a management study conducted by Dr. Przemek Bajer of Carp Solutions, LLC and the ACD. That work was done with grants in 2018-2019 that are now spent.
We're excited to be able to bring this management to conclusion with new funding sources in 2020-2022. Funding for the chain of lakes includes:
- $148,000 Clean Water, Land and Legacy grant from the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources.
- $28,500 from the Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization.
- $5,000 from the Linwood Lake Improvement Association.
- $9,750 from the Martin Lakers Association, donated by residents to their Water Quality Fund.
- $5,000 Anoka County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention grant to the Martin Lakers Association.
- Labor contributed by Linwood Township and the Anoka Conservation District.