Local Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid
A new county aid tax bill 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 aquatic invasive species (AIS).
The Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR), and MN Sea Grant have been developing materials, webinars, and workshops to help inform counties about ways to use the new funding. These resources provide useful information for any local entity.
Below are resources and links to more information online. We will continue to expand this list as new materials and information becomes available.
- FAQs: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid – Developed by the Association of Minnesota Counties – June 2014.
- Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid – 2014 and 2015 certification charts showing distribution of funds for each county.
- Legislative Language: AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION AID
- When Do Counties Receive Their Payments?
Contact an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Planner
1601 Minnesota Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
- Delegation Agreement Template - Use this template to set up an agreement with MNDNR to enable a local unit of government to hire authorized watercraft inspectors. Please send three original signed copies to the DNR to: Heidi Wolf, 500 Lafayette Rd. St. Paul, MN 55155 to start the process.
- Delegation Agreement Q & A
- Delegation Agreement Instructions
- Decontamination Unit Cooperative Purchasing Information
- Guidance on Mandatory Inspection Statute Language
This document explains the two types of inspection programs a tribal or local unit of government can create through a delegation agreement.
To Help You Write a Plan or Resolution
- Local Plan Template
Counties must develop guidelines, either by resolution or adopting a plan, outlining how they plan to use the new AIS prevention funding and submit it to the MNDNR. This template is a starting point to help you develop a customized plan for your county.
- Examples of County Resolutions
Here are three examples of submitted county resolutions for 2014. There are some similarities and some differences, but all are acceptable and may serve as examples for counties unsure of what their own AIS prevention resolutions should look like.
- Examples of Submitted County Plans
The following plans show how some counties are using their 2014 AIS prevention aid. Their plans might serve as examples for counties struggling to create thoughtful, well-written, detailed plans of their own. There is a range of aid allocations with McLeod County receiving $34,066, Cook with $81,121, Hubbard with $112,160, Aitkin with $125,061, and Cass with $225,863.
The following are files:
- Guidance for Conducting AIS Early Detection and Baseline Monitoring in Lakes
The guidelines provide a standardized set of AIS monitoring procedures and were developed to be used by resource professionals with experience in AIS identification and monitoring.
- Association of Minnesota Counties – AIS Webinar Series
- AIS Prevention Aid for Counties: A Resource Guide – MN Sea Grant
- Contact an Expert
Map of regions and contact information for MNDNR Regional AIS Specialists.
- Watercraft Inspection Program
Learn about what watercraft inspectors do and how the MNDNR's watercraft inspection hours are allocated around the state.
- Public Awareness Products
The MNDNR provides advertising, billboards, print materials, and other AIS promotional items you can download to distribute to your members or post at your business. You or your printer can personalize many of these products with your contact name and/or logo.
- DNR Signs at Water Accesses
The DNR provides a limited number of Help Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! signs at no cost for lake associations, local governments, and other groups to post at water accesses. You may also print your own signs using the provided files.