Aquatic Invasive Species

Program Updates:

  • 2022 AIS Grant Award Notices have been sent to grantees. If you have questions please contact the Coordinator.
  • The 2022 Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Services RFP is now available ( see AIS reference materials below) Proposals are due no later than 12pm CST on January 31st, 2022. 

Aquatic Invasive Species are nonnative plants, animals, and microorganisms that negatively impact the environment, economic and human health. The spread of AIS negatively affects wildlife by altering landscapes and disrupting the balance in an ecosystem. The invasive species, which often have little predation or natural controls, can outcompete native species and result in a loss of biodiversity. The lack of balance resulting from an infestation of AIS can limit public access to water bodies and even impede recreational use. Our native plants are adapted to the conditions of Minnesota lakes. While efforts are vigilant and diligent, nature is adaptive, and AIS are often adapted to much harsher conditions than found in our lakes. As seen in many upper Midwestern states, AIS is rarely eradicated. Any aquatic plants or animals designated as “prohibited and regulated” by the DNR are illegal to possess or transport due to the high economic and environmental detriment they pose.

The management of AIS requires the community to be empowered and informed. Meeker County understands that people learn differently, so we have committed to hosting hands-on training and free educational events by way of speakers, one on one and group discussions, grant clinics, and AIS Fest. Utilizing various mediums allows the community to develop a common understanding of the impact of invasive species and their investments and stake in our Lakes. 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.

Our 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, don't hesitate to get in touch with the AIS Program Coordinator Ariana Richardson by email at ariana.richardson@co.meeker.mn.us or phone at 320-221-0614

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Upcoming Events

AIS Advisory Committee Meeting
  • February 2nd, 2022 2:00pm CST County Board Room and Webex

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