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Aquatic Invasive Species

 
 

Minnesota Waters at Risk - AIS
MN Department of Natural Resources
 

St. Louis County will directly participate in efforts to prevent the introduction or limit the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) at water access sites throughout the county. A legislative directive has established the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid Program, through which funding is provided to Minnesota counties to participate in AIS control and prevention activities.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) disrupt the health of water bodies, and pose a myriad of threats to natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the region. Key AIS species of concern to St. Louis County include zebra and quagga mussels, New Zealand mudsnail, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), round and tubenose gobies, Eurasian ruffe, faucet snail, mystery snail, spiny water flea, Eurasian watermilfoil, purple loosestrife, and rusty crayfish.

St. Louis County, with assistance from Minnesota Sea Grant, has developed an AIS Plan to determine objectives and goals, and developed a process for delegating funds to organizations that will participate in AIS control, prevention, and education activities.

Report AIS

Report New Infestations

If you suspect a new infestation of an aquatic invasive plant or animal, note the exact location, take a photo or keep the specimen, and call the AIS specialist in your region.

An invasive species may already be recorded for your lake or waterbody. If you know what species you have, you can check the infested waters list to see if it is already recorded. If the invasive species is already recorded for your waterbody, there is no need to submit a report.

 

Contact an AIS Expert

Report AIS to MN DNR

 

AIS Plan

St. Louis County, with assistance from Minnesota Sea Grant, developed an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Plan. Actions that the county may support to prevent the spread of AIS are identified in the plan. The plan cross references the MN Department of Natural Resources Local AIS Plan Framework and actions and elements from a Minnesota State Management Plan for Invasive Species. 
 
The purpose of the plan is two-fold:
 
  1. Define actions for which the allocated funds may be used to prevent spread of AIS.
  2. Guide St. Louis County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention response.

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.

Grant Application

2018 Grant Applications Closed

Applications were 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.

Past Awards

Grant Recipients and Award Amounts
 
2018  
Burntside Lake Association $ 26,000
Canosia Township $ 22,500
Grand Lake $ 14,900
Izaak Walton League of America $ 50,000
North Soil and Water Conservation District $ 391,350
Vermillion Lake Association $ 59,000
Wildlife Forever $ 114,000
   
2017  
Burntside Lake Association $ 43,075
Canosia Township $ 55,114
Duluth Stream Corp $ 60,000
North St Louis SWCD $ 281,600
Regents of U of M Branstrator $ 95,387
Regents of U of M Seagrant $ 19,659
St Louis River Alliance $ 46,900
Vermilion Lake Association $ 96,396
Wildlife Forever $ 90,177
   
2016  
City of Babbitt $ 45,000
Sportsmen's Club of Lake Vermilion $ 23,441
Burntside Lake Association $ 189,857
Pike Lake / Canosia Township $ 16,000
Wildlife Forever $ 102,500
   
2015  
City of Babbitt $ 50,000
Izaak Walton League of America $ 50,000
North St. Louis SWCD $ 60,000
NRRI (Regents of U of M) $ 61,541
NRRI (Regents of U of M) $ 64,740
Sportsmen's Club of Lake Vermilion $ 285,885
St. Louis River Alliance Phragmites $ 70,000
St. Louis River Alliance Sentry $ 48,380
Wild Life Forever $ 107,000

Reports

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.

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