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 by the Minnesota Humanities Center for their We Are Water MN initiative, an outgrowth of our national traveling exhibition "Water/Ways."
Erika Gilsdorf, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, talks about the rise of weeds and invasive species in a Minnesota lake, where they've been residents for many, many years. "I don't know if the word is scary or impactful . . . It's really come down to what each person can do . . . There's no magic potion." This story was collected by Shanai Matteson in conjunction with the "Be Here: Main Street" project from the MuseWeb Foundation, intended to capture Americans' stories about their neighborhoods, their waterways, and their towns.