Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
Minnesota Statute 477A.19 allocated funds to all counties throughout Minnesota based on their number of watercraft trailer launches and watercraft trailer parking spaces to help prevent the introduction and spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Brown County was determined to have 9 watercraft trailer launches and 135 watercraft trailer parking spaces. Funds distributed to Brown County in fiscal year 2015 were $24,762 and in fiscal year 2016 are scheduled to receive $54,802. Brown Soil & Water Conservation District has an agreement with Brown County to administer these funds. Currently, the funds are being used for public outreach and education, providing compost bin areas to dispose of bait water and bait, and rake surveys looking for invasive plants. Invasive species sightings should be reported to the Minnesota DNR immediately.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in general have few natural predators, high reproductive rates, displace native species and are living outside their native range. Introduction is often from human activities including bait industry, aquaculture, aquarium trade and ballast water discharge into the Great Lakes. Once introduced to water bodies, failure to remove vegetation from equipment, remove boat plugs and properly dispose of minnow bucket water often facilitates the transfer of invasive species to other surface waters. AIS often result in economic impacts lowering property values, decreasing tourism and make recreational activities boating, angling and swimming hard to do. Remember to Clean, Drain, Dry your boats, replace bait water and be aware of lakes infested with invasive species around you!
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
Links below offer a guide to lakes infested with invasive species, identification guides and proper methods to help prevent the spread of AIS.
- http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/ais/infested.html (List of lakes and rivers in Minnesota that are considered infested with an invasive species)
- http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquatic_id.html (Pictures and information to help identify and understand why invasive species are an issue)
- http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/preventspread.html (Helpful link for lake shore owners, recreationist and information about clean, drain, dispose)
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