The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold a virtual public meeting to discuss a request from the Round Lake Association to use winter aeration on Round Lake, located in Meeker County south of Litchfield.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be online and begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2. The meeting will start with a short presentation on the effectiveness of winter aeration in public waters. The meeting will also include an opportunity for public comments and questions.

Written comments will be accepted through Nov. 3 by emailing The DNR is interested in hearing from a variety of audiences and plans to incorporate multiple perspectives in its decision-making. 

Lake aeration in the state’s southern region is employed on several shallow lakes to prevent a winterkill of fish. Aeration systems agitate and oxygenate water, helping to limit the number of fish that die due to a lack of oxygen in the water. Aeration results can vary widely.

Winterkill is a natural process and not all results are detrimental. For example, in lakes with high numbers of carp, periodic winterkill can thin out their numbers. In lakes that support gamefish, the fish population can rebound quite dramatically in years following winterkill.

If you’re interested in attending, visit the Round Lake link to the virtual meeting at Pre-registration is not required, and attendees will be able to join starting shortly before the meeting. 

Individuals with a disability who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Liz Scherber at 651-259-5223, or through your preferred Telecommunications Relay Provider at least two weeks in advance of the event.

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