In 2014, after requests by MN COLA and Minnesota Lakes and Rivers, the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council funded $4.5 million to provide "Innovation Grants." A number of great projects were completed, opening new possibilities in our effort to prevent the spread of AIS, or more effectively treat AIS. Some projects had great promise, but were unable to move forward due to lack of DNR support, proving the old adage, "Nothing changes if nothing changes." And some projects failed, and in that AIS managers still learned a gereat deal. Full report contained below.