With $475,000 to be cut from invasive species funding, the cities and lake associations that depend on the grant money will be at quite a loss in the coming year.
"It's the land of 10,000 lakes and you are going to cut that funding by more than 50%? It's a little disappointing to hear," said Tim Himmer, Coon Rapids Public Works Director.
"It's not something we wanted to do," said Ann Pierce, section manager of the DNR's Ecological and Water Resources Division. "We understand this is a hardship for people. It puts a burden on lake associations that may not have direct access to that money. We have less money that we did last year."
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