Loring Pond Cattail Control Project 2012
Lakes in Minneapolis, as per Minnesota State Statutes, are considered public waters and are managed under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR). Work done in lakes requires obtaining various permits through the MN DNR.
The MN DNR Fisheries Division has granted permits to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to do cattail removal and to restore aquatic emergent plants in portions of Loring Pond. The work areas allowed in the 2012 DNR permits are pictured in the map below.
Cattails will be removed from the shoreline edge out to open water in the following areas:
- 15 feet in front of the outlet structure
- 25 feet in either direction from the center point of the dock
- 100 foot restoration area that consists of cattail removal and replanting with native emergent vegetation. This restoration will have a diverse mix of native aquatic emergent plants re-planted into the water after cattails are removed.
The MPRB has hired an independent contractor, Applied Ecological Services, to implement this work. Work will begin in August 2012. Control of cattails will include several management techniques including: mechanical cutting, hand pulling and specific targeted herbicide treatments to the cattail plants using a DNR approved herbicide. Any future cattail control in Loring Pond is dependent upon available funding and annual permits issued through the MN DNR.
More information on Minnesota lakes and public waters can be found on MN DNR’s website at: