Clean Drain Dry Initiative
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.