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Coalition seeks to combat invasive species with costly controls

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been fighting a turf war with invasive species for years, but a local coalition claims we're losing that fight and it's now time for a plan of attack that won't come cheap.

The price tag of the highly-controversial plan comes in at about $8 million, but members of the group warn that the cost of losing the state's pristine lakes would be much higher.

On Thursday night, the Coalition of Minnehaha Creek Waters -- comprised of the Christmas Lake Homeowners Association and seven others -- rallied at the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District to seek support for their effort to control every public boat access point in the west metro.

The plan would likely not be popular with anglers and boaters, as it involves installing electronic gates at every one of the 30 access points in the district, which spans Hennepin and Carver counties, the Three Rivers Park District, the Minneapolis chain of lakes, and almost 30 metro cities.

The plan also calls for the creation of regional inspection stations, and boaters would be required to go before launching their boat into the water.

The coalition hopes to implement the plan in time for next year's boating season, but the proposal still has a long way to go.

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