Aquatic Invasive Species Control Done By Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources

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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS): Multiple Species
Project Location: Minnesota
Project Start Date: 01/2010
Expected Timeframe/Duration: ongoing
Sponsoring Organization: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
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Primary Contact: Chip Welling; Coordinator, Aquatic Invasive Species Management
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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Project Summary:

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR)  is very active in aquatic invasive species control and management.  Every year the MnDNR provides a report of all Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) control efforts to the legislature.  In 2012, the MnDNR Commissioner appointed the AIS Advisory Committee to help the DNR maintain strong relationships with AIS stakeholders.  Advice and recommendations from the 15-member committee, and four ex-officio members, is used to help guide the MnDNR’s efforts to prevent the spread of AIS and manage their effects where they are established. 

It is clear in communications from stakeholders that the citizens of Minnesota take the threat of AIS seriously and want more to be done to prevent their spread. In 2014, the Minnesota Legislature passed a new county aid tax bill that will provide $4.5 million in 2014 and $10 million a year in 2015 and years after to Minnesota counties to help prevent the spread of AIS. 

The Association of Minnesota Counties, MnDNR, and MN Sea Grant have been developing materials, webinars, and workshops to help inform counties about ways to use the new funding.

In addition, a little more than $4 million was provided to the Initiative Foundation from an appropriation by the Minnesota legislature in 2014 from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.   This funding will be used for grants to support the implementation or expansion of innovative pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of AIS into the surface waters of Minnesota and to assess their effectiveness.