Aquatic Invasive Species

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Local Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid

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In 2014, a county tax bill was passed that provides funds for aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention. Each year, $10 million will be provided to Minnesota counties to support AIS prevention programs..

County board representatives designate AIS program oversite to a local government within the county. The designated local government works closely with local, state and federal governments, as well as nonprofit and private organizations, to develop and implement AIS prevention programs. Individual counties make decisions on how funds are to be used. Funds must be spent according to state statute, while still abiding by all current laws and regulations.

The DNR's Role:

Contact

General questions about AIS Prevention Aid and the DNR's role can be directed to the DNR AIS Prevention Planners.

For questions about specific county programs or how counties are using their funds, contact the county directly by referencing the Primary County AIS Contacts list. PDF


Tina Wolbers
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
651-259-5146
tina.wolbers@state.mn.us

Philip Hunsicker
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
218-203-4355
philip.hunsicker@state.mn.us

Write your plan

Counties are required by statute to establish and submit guidelines, either by resolution or through adoption of a plan, that detail how the AIS Prevention Aid funding will be used. Guidelines must be submitted to the DNR by December 31 each year payments are received.

Put your plan into action

Resources to help you build and implement components of your county's AIS prevention plan.

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AIS prevention aid background

Minnesota Statute 477A.19 This link leads to an external site.- Provides $10 million to counties each year to prevent the introduction and limit the spread of aquatic invasive species. The funds are allocated based on each county's share of watercraft trailer launches (50%) and each county's share of watercraft trailer parking spaces (50%). It is up to individual counties to make decisions on how the funds are to be used while still abiding by all current laws and regulations.

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid Distributions This link leads to an external site.- Department of Revenue 2014, 2015 and 2016 certification charts showing distribution funds for each county.