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..

The DNR provides technical support to counties and local government units to develop AIS prevention strategies.

Contact

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 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).This link leads to an external site.Guidelines must be submitted to the DNR by December 31 each year payments are received.

  • Local AIS Plan Framework This link leads to an Word document. - 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 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. - 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 This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. - 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.
  • 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

Get Started

New resources

  • 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)This link leads to an external site.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.