Here Are Four Startups Supporting Minnesota Lakes

Monday, June 25, 2018

Minnesota’s 11,842 lakes are among the state’s most valuable resources. So it’s no surprise that a few homegrown startups have popped up to preserve and protect them.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources identifies five key issues affecting the state’s lakes. They include things like dwindling fish populations, invasive species and water quality. Each is a big problem, but one that several small companies aim to solve.

Eye on Walleye

A team of three 12-year-old girls, called G.I.R.L.S can H.A.K, is bringing their fish-tracking to the Minnesota Cup‘s youth division this year. The three girls, Abby Polen, Paige Meierhofer and Meghan Barton are working to build a platform that will help track the DNR track fish populations.

The group’s main focus is, of course, Walleye. On average, Minnesota’s walleye population is increasing, according to the DNR. But over the last two decades, the number of fish in some lakes, including big ones like Lake Mille Lacs, has been going down. Since 1999, the DNR has worked to increase populations in certain lakes by stocking them each spring. But that doesn’t always work.

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