Thursday, May 18, 2006

Granted: Spy Cams on Gray’s Bay

I have just read an article in a local paper about an Electronic Monitoring in Gray’s Bay. The surprising thing about this article is that it never tells you anything about what this monitoring system monitors. It mentions that the system is funded with a “grant”, but it does not say who the grant is from. - Important information for the reader.

I am always surprised at what is omitted in news articles. This is often much more important than what is included. However in this case I will blame the editor. Who, what, where, why and how - basics.

The article states that the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District insisted upon “indemnificationfrom legal action” upon installation of the system. Motivated, no doubt, by the legal problems incurred by the cameras on Minneapolis City semifors. At least the LMCD is thinking ahead. - Still the article does not tell us what the system of cameras will monitor, or for what purpose.

I will venture a guess, since I am given little information from this FRONT PAGE ARTICLE. Lake Minnetonka Conservation District wants to monitor the boat traffic on Grays Bay - probably for milfoil on boats entering and exiting the bay. I can only guess.

RETRACTION/UPDATE:
The attached commentor is correct. In the sixth paragraph of the article on the purpose of the monitoring system for Gray's Bay, exotic species such as Zebra Mussles are noted. My apologies.
Querry: Who is the grant from?
- & Thanks to the commentor for reading my blog.

Felix

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your blog, read it often.
As a writer for the newspaper in question, I want to point out the article does mention the chairperson of the LMCD said the camera is suppose to help the LMCD "with its goal of keeping exotic species such as zebra mussels out of the lake."

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Brett said...

The grant is from the privately-funded "Save the Lake" fund, which I believe is organized by the Lake Minnetonka Association. For more information, you can read the first article written about this, published May 1, and available at www.weeklynews.com.
Remember, the program still needs to approved by Minnetonka and the DNR before it can move forward, and citiations won't be given.
Love your photos...

1:11 PM  

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