For years MLR and Lake advocates have urged the Minnesota Legislature to provide adequate funding for a comprehensive statewide program to stop the introduction of new aquatic invasive species and further spread of AIS within the state. Funding is desperately needed for local, boots-on-the-ground work at access sites across the state. Permanent regional decontamination units are central to any program to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Senate File 2342 introduced March 7, 2014 by Senators Rod Skoe and Ann Rest provides county aid based on the number of watercraft access sites and watercraft trailer parking spaces to meet this need. Rep Ann Lenczewski intends to introduce a companion bill in the Minnesota House early the week of March 10th.