Local Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid
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..
The DNR provides technical support to counties and local government units to develop AIS prevention strategies.
Write your plan
Counties must establish and submit guidelines, either by resolution or through adoption of a plan, that detail how the AIS Prevention Aid funding will be used (Chapter 308, H.F.No. 3167).Guidelines must be submitted to the DNR by December 31 each year payments are received.
- Local AIS Plan Framework - A framework for creating a plan for preventing and managing AIS. Components of this document may be used to inform a local plan depending on the needs of the county.
- Minnesota State Management Plan for Invasive Species - A framework to coordinate and guide efforts to prevent the introduction, reduce the spread, and promote appropriate management of invasive species populations within Minnesota by state, federal, tribal and local governments and the private sector.
- Local AIS Action Framework - A descriptive, not prescriptive, framework of AIS prevention strategies drafted by the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates for use by local governments receiving AIS Prevention Aid.
- Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid for Counties: A Resource Guide - Developed by Minnesota Sea Grant in July 2014, this guide provides a menu of strategies from which counties can choose based on their program needs.
- Examples of County Resolutions and Plans - Submitted resolutions and plans that may be used as examples for developing AIS prevention guidelines.
Put your plan into action
Resources to help you build and implement components of your county's AIS prevention plan.
- Learn from county programs
- Address pathways of spread
- Conduct watercraft inspections and decontamination
- Engage the public
- Leverage partnerships and resources
- Enforce AIS laws
- Detect and respond to new infestations
- Manage established AIS populations
- Attend a training
- Local Water Access Editor Application - A web-based mapping tool that provides local governments the ability to review and update location and information about public water access sites within their county.
AIS prevention aid background
In 2014, a county aid tax bill (Minnesota Statute 477A.19)provided $4.5 million in funding to help counties prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. An additional $10 million is available to counties each year thereafter to continue prevention efforts. 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, according to the Statute, while still abiding by all current laws and regulations.
The statute was enacted in June 2014. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Department of Revenue, University of Minnesota and Minnesota Sea Grant developed the following materials, webinars and workshops.
- Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid - Legislative Language
- Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid Distributions - Department of Revenue 2014, 2015 and 2016 certification charts showing distribution funds for each county.
- The first round of funding was distributed to counties on July 20, 2014 under the payment schedule provided under section 477A.015. In 2015, the aid programs will follow traditional aid payment dates: July 20 and December 26.
- FAQs: Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid - Developed by the Association of Minnesota Counties, June 2014.
- Aquatic Invasive Species Webinar Series - Developed by the Association of Minnesota Counties, this webinar focuses on best prevention measures for AIS and the background on the AIS Prevention Aid Program.