AIS Legislation By Fishing Opener

Another great week in the AIS fight. The week began with a decent MPR piece on the AIS work we have all been doing.
The AIS bill was heard in the House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee to approve the increase in civil, criminal and monetary penalties for AIS infractions. They also heard language that empowers peace officers and their designees to do inspections and order decontaminations. Kandiyohi County Commissioner Dennis Peters shared a copy of the Zebra Mussel flyer they included with their tax statements, and urged the Committee to support the increased fines and penalties. Jeff Forester, E.D. of MSRPO, Dave Zentner from Izaak Walton League, and Terrie Christian, speaking on behalf of her local Lake Association, all supported the language. There was no opposition to the provisions and the bill passed out of the Committee unanimously.

Minnesota can't afford not to stop AIS.
Lakes are Critical to Local Economies

That afternoon the Senate Environment Committee heard S.F. 1115, authored by Committee Chair Sen. Ingebrigtsen. His bill makes some minor changes to earlier definitions and has a few more favorable positions. Jeff Forester and Dave Zentner testified on behalf of the bill.

SF 1115 will now go to Judiciary and Public Safety.
Speaking on behalf of the bill, Jeff Forester and Sen. Ingebrigtsen both stressed the urgency of this legislation, urging both legislators and the governor to pass this bill before fishing opener. Said Ingerbrigtsen, "

Stress these key issues with legislators over the spring recess:
Minnesota can stop AIS spread.

  • Inspectors must be empowered to do their work, and to order decontamination if warranted.
  • We must have legislation in place by fishing opener.
  • There has been a lot of talk of decontamination. We are recommending that Minnesota DNR follow the US Fish and Wildlife standards

We have come a long way since last year when "Pull the Plug" was an uphill climb. Now is the time for the final push. Use the link below to write your legislators and ask them to:

  • Support the current AIS legislation
  • Support both the AIS surcharge increase on boat licenses to provide ongoing funding, and the LCCMR funding for start up costs to put a plan in place.
  • Finish this work by fishing opener

Idaho Begins Boat Inspections For Zebra Mussel
April 11, 2011

Idaho Begins Boat Inspections For Zebra Mussel
April 11, 2011
Watch the story here.
Boating season is about to get underway and, once again, all boats entering Idaho must be inspected before hitting the water. KXLY4's Erik Loney reports.

Boating season is about to get underway and, once again, all boats entering Idaho must be inspected before hitting the water. KXLY4's Erik Loney reports.
Other states, including Idaho, have effective programs in place and are already finding boats carrying zebra mussels. Minnesota's rivers are open, and the lake ice is darkening. There is no time to dither.

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