Water Resource Enforcement Officers

Last updated: 2016-06-21

WREO Joseph Stattelman (NW) spent the week focusing efforts on AIS and Boat and Water activity. Time was spent working with inspectors and checking public access points. An AIS training was given to Red Lake DNR and LE staff. Time was spent at Camp Ripley working with the Academy. Fishermen and boaters were checked over the weekend.

WREO Mike Scott (NE) conducted AIS training for St. Louis County Sheriff?s Department to conduct AIS enforcement for area lakes. Boaters were checked for AIS compliance and enforcement action was taken for fail to remove drain plug. A local construction company working on Rice Lake Road north of Duluth was found taking water from Island Lake, listed infested waters, without a permit for appropriation of water from infested waters as well as regular permit for taking more than 10,000 gallons of water daily without a permit. Investigation is ongoing due to weekend. A non- resident angler who was having issues getting a nonresident one day license was helped in locating a charter boat captain for Lake Superior who could sell him a one day license for a charter. He was very happy with the assistance. An injured herring gull was captured and taken to the local rehabber.

WREO Robert Haberman (North Central) worked AIS Enforcement around his assigned work area. WREO Haberman also conducted AIS training for law enforcement officers in Lakeshore. WREO Haberman also helped at the academy with early morning and night scenarios.

WREO Keith Bertram (Central) spent the week issuing several cease and desist orders on new wetland violations. Wetland restoration orders were also served. Assistance was given to other officers with a commercial investigation.