Local Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid

removing AISA 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.

Background Information

Contact an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Planner

Watercraft Inspection

To Help You Write a Plan or Resolution

  • Local Plan Template This link leads to an Word document.
    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 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. files:

Helpful Tools

Online Resources

  • 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.
  • Local Water Access Editor Application
    A web-based mapping tool that provides local government units (LGUs) the ability to review and update location and information about public water access sites within their county.