Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species are nonnative plants, animals, and microorganisms that negatively impact the environment's economic and human health. Such species often have little predation or natural controls and can outcompete native species, resulting in a loss of biodiversity. The spread of AIS negatively affects wildlife by disrupting the balance in an ecosystem and even altering landscapes. Due to the high economic and environmental detriment they pose, such aquatic plants or animals are illegal to possess or transport and designated as "prohibited and regulated" by the DNR.

An infestation of AIS can limit access and impede the recreational use of lakes. Our native plants are adapted to the conditions of Minnesota lakes. While efforts are vigilant, nature is adaptive, and AIS are often adapted to much harsher conditions than found in our lakes. AIS is rarely eradicated, though there are many promising local examples of effective control and long-term management. 

The management of AIS requires the community to be empowered and informed. The county and community members invest heavily in managing our lakes and in outreach to develop a shared understanding of the impact of invasive species and how we may all prevent AIS spread. Waterfowl hunters, boaters, lake goers, and shoreline owners all have a vested interest in our waterway's protection. The AIS Committee is working to facilitate more access to AIS event planning and prevention resources with all stakeholders.

County AIS Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and dates will be posted in the upcoming event column.

For a copy of meeting minutes or any questions on AIS in Meeker County, Contact the AIS Program Coordinator Ariana Richardson by email at or phone at 320-221-0614

Upcoming Events

2024 AIS Grants Applications are now available 

County AIS Advisory Committee Meeting Dates & Times
  • Wednesday February 8th at 2pm CST in the County Boardroom
  • Wednesday April 5th at 2pm CST in the County Boardroom
  • Wednesday May 10th at 2pm CST in the County Boardroom
  • Wednesday August 2nd at 2pm CST in the County Boardroom
  • Wednesday December 6th at 2pm CST in the County Boardroom
  • To view the Clearwater River Watershed District AIS Forum ClickHere