The Starry Stonewort infestation is on everyone’s mind. Trinke Estates should also be on everyone’s minds.
That is the inlet where the infestation has been found to exist in very limited size and nature. That inlet must be pumped out and cleared just as quickly as possible this summer, or there is a real danger that the Starry Stonewort will spread and eventually clog up and kill Geneva Lake, as it has done to dozens of other Michigan and Wisconsin lakes.
Trinke Estates must accept the slurry that is bagged and set to dry when it is sucked and dredged from the lagoon it owns. Trinke is refusing to allow that. No property owners around Trinke Estates will accept the dredge results either, even though the muck would be bagged and set out to dry over time. The Starry Stonewort is found on Trinke property. At what point do the following Wisconsin laws and rules apply, and the DNR step in?
If Trinke doesn’t do the right thing, then it might be high time to think about closing that inlet and cutting its access to the lake in general.
Here are the rules that apply “Wisconsin Invasive Species Rule NR-40 November 23, 2018. As a result, on September 1, 2009, the DNR created Wisconsin’s Invasive Species Identification, Classification, and Control Rule, Chapter NR 40, Wis. …
Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, and pathogens whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Invasive species rule NR 40. The invasive species rule creates a comprehensive, science-based system with criteria to classify invasive species into two categories: “prohibited” and “restricted.” With certain exceptions, the transport, possession, transfer, and introduction of Prohibited species is banned.
Measures to allow fast action. The regulations are aimed at preventing new invasive species from getting to Wisconsin, and enabling quick action to control or eradicate those here but not yet established. With landowner permission or a judicial inspection warrant, DNR may inspect for, sample and control prohibited species only. People found responsible for a prohibited species’ presence on property they own, control or manage may be ordered to carry out approved control measures. If a control order is not followed, and DNR takes control measures, DNR may seek cost-recovery. Control of restricted species is encouraged, but not required. Incidental or unknowing transport, possession, transfer or introduction of a listed invasive species without a permit is exempt if DNR determines that it was not due to the person’s failure to take reasonable precautions.
Preventive measures. The rule also includes preventive measures that are not species-specific but instead addresses common pathways that may allow the invasive species to spread. These measures complement existing statutes and rules such as the VHS rules, for example, and include requirements to remove aquatic plants and animals and drain water from vehicles, boats, trailers and equipment upon removal from the water and to remove aquatic plants and animals from any vehicle, boat, trailer or equipment before placing it in any water of the state or transporting it on a highway.
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