Skip to Main Content

Invasive Species in Minnesota--Karl Koenig

As told by Karl Koenig
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Story Narrative:

This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record the state of American lakes, rivers, and waterways as well an attempt to uncover what water means to Americans. Listen to other stories recorded for the Be Here: Main Street project, a collaboration with the MuseWeb Foundation to record stories from rural America. 

Karl Koenig talks about how an invasion of an algae called starry stonewort is disrupted life in various lakes in Minnesota. "I knew that I had to talk to somebody at Lake Koronis about a new aqcuatic invasive species that was found there . . . We could see the starry stonewort infestation in Lake Koronis. It was interesting to me how dense the algae was in this lake. He wanted to show me this resort . . . so we drove over . . . we walked out to a dock and I looked into the water. I looked around and all the boats were upon the boat lifts . . . It was really kind of abandoned . . . Underneath these lifts, it looked like the lake was only 3-4 inches deep; the starry stonewort was so dense you couldn't see anything else . . . This is a significant social, cultural impact."

Media Files: