aquatic invasive species

AIS and You - Uniting in Ramsey County to Prevent Spread

Thursday, November 21, 2019
6:30-8:30 pm
Marsden Room at RCD, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Ave S, Arden Hills, MN

Attend the Aquatic Invasive Species and You public meeting, find out what is being done about aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Ramsey County, the groups that are taking action to protect Ramsey County's lakes, share your ideas and get involved.

Wright County Mandatory, Regional Inspection Program Approved

In a first for the state of Minnesota, Wright County has established a regional watercraft decontamination and inspection program.
From open water until ice in, 2018, if you wish to launch a watercraft into Lake Sylvia (east and west), Lake John, or
Pleasant Lake in Wright County, a free entrance inspection is required. The regional inspection/decontamination site is located at 1300 Business Blvd in Annandale, MN and is open sunup to sundown. Inspection typically takes less than 5 minutes and decontamination, if required, is free.

Concordia Lake Association Study Confirms - Lake Associations Make Huge Contributions to Lakes

Lake Associations are the largest (more than 200K), most generous ($6.2 million annually), most dedicated (1.2 million volunteer hours annually) conservation group in Minnesota. But these are just some of the astonishing findings of the Concordia Lake Association Study....

Webinar Recording - Fishing Tournaments and AIS - New Program Lowers Risk

Fishing Tournments are a high use event, and represent a risk for the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. Rima Smith Keprios, the Cass County AIS Coordinator for Cass County and Eric Bakke, tournament director of Minnesota's largest fishing event, the Frank J. Schneider Memorial Muskie Tournament, have put together a program that meets the needs of tournament organizers and significantly lowers the risk of AIS spread during the event.

This tournament is Muskie Inc.'s oldest tournament, 40 years old, and includes over 500 fishermen on 20 lakes in Minnesota. It is large and complex - the perfect situation to try a pilot project. MLR is hosting a webinar featuring both RIma and Erik so that their innovative program can serve as a template for other local efforts.

View The Recording of the Webinar Here

Help! We’re Surrounded! A Park Rapids Community AIS Event March 20 from 7-8:30 PM

MLR Executive Director Jeff Forester will present at Riverside United Methodist Church which will host a 90 minute 2017 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention event on March 20th, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 at Riverside United Methodist Church, Highway 71 North, Park Rapids, MN Phone:  218-732-5205


2016 Aquatic Invaders Summit Highlights Energy and Commitment

Over 350 people from across Minnesota registered for the Aquatic Invaders Summit. The energy and commitment of attendees was impressive and generated well founded hope moving forward. The need to build AIS programs using a broad based partnership between local professional resource managers, local policy makers, resorts, angling groups, lake associations, businesses and the faith community emerged as a Best Management Practice in AIS and other water efforts.

Update on AIS Innovation Grants

In 2014 MLR and MN COLA urged the Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, LSOHC to reccommend to the the Minnesota Legislature that part of the money raised by the 3.8ths of a cent sales tax approved by MN voters in 2008 (The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment) be used to protect aquatic habitats from aquatic invasive species, AIS.  The LSOHC suggested that the MN Legislature create a "AIS Innovation Grant" of about $4.5 million to be administered by the Initiative Foundation. The Legislature approved this appropriation in 2014.

Here is a link to the update recently provided by the Intitiative Foundation. This grant has an open application process and uch of the funding is still available.  You can learn more about how to apply for this funding at