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Aquatic Invasive Species

2018 Grant Applications Closed

Applications due by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. 

The 2018 St. Louis County grant application is closed. Please see the document library for the application overview, application and supporting documents.

Funding Priorities for 2018: St. Louis County is interested in receiving proposals related to aquatic resource (lakes, reservoirs, streams, rivers) protection and maintenance, and social and/or economic impacts of AIS. Our goal is to address AIS issues with multi-disciplinary, integrated solutions based on science, related to natural resources sustainability, and social and economic concerns.

The county will only consider supporting implementation of projects that address one or more of the seven categories and associated actions outlined in the St. Louis County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan:

  1. Assess county resources and risks for AIS introduction and spread.
  2. Increase resources for county-wide education and enforcement.
  3. Increase public awareness and participation in prevention.
  4. Raise available resources and leverage partnerships.
  5. Broaden knowledge of and participation in early detection and rapid response activities.
  6. Manage existing populations of AIS.
  7. Address specific pathways for AIS introduction. 

Applicants need to consider and articulate how the work will prevent the introduction or limit the spread of aquatic invasive species at access sites within the county, in accordance with MN Statute 477A.19.

State Program Aid Award: St. Louis County is scheduled to receive $711,323 in 2018. Funding is apportioned to counties using a formula based on the number of public boat accesses and the number of watercraft trailer parking spaces in each county. St. Louis County will retain a portion of annual funding to defray administrative costs.

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2015 - 2016 Awarded Projects Annual Report

In progress or completed projects: A report was developed that discusses the 2015-2016 projects, work performed, and statistics of work. This report identifies the accomplishments of the projects to date. The report can be downloaded from the document library on this page. For more information or to request for more project details can be sent here


About AIS State Program Aid AIS Plan Past Awards
State Program Aid

St. Louis County is the recipient of County Program Aid grant funds for AIS prevention from the State of Minnesota as a result of 2014 Session Law Chapter 308. The purpose of these funds is to "prevent the introduction or limit the spread of aquatic invasive species at all access sites within the county" (MN Statutes 477A.19). Please note the St. Louis County AIS Prevention Program will be available provided state funding is appropriated for the program. 

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are defined under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 84D as non-native species that:

  1. Cause or may cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health, or
  2. Threaten or may threaten natural resources or the use of natural resources in the state.
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