Minnesota’s aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention has provided $10 Million to Minnesota Counties each year since 2014. Each county has unique landscapes, ecosystems and economies and so management is done at a local level. The AIS prevention program aims to prevent AIS by managing species present and reducing the risk of AIS spread from infected to non infected waters. Meeker county works closely with anglers, lake associations and sportsman clubs to manage AIS in the lakes and prevent their spread. This would be difficult and in many cases not possible without the grant program.
In late 2019 and early 2020 the AIS advisory committee and County Board approved grants to fund 18 AIS Projects on local lakes! Management and prevention projects included:
-Training local citizens and association members in AIS Identification and Inspections.
-Providing partial support for additional boat inspections on lakes in the county.
-Utilizing mechanical harvesters to remove AIS from lakes and Chemical treatments by lake service providers to manage ais and maintain recreational use of the water.
The 2021 Grant Cycle opens on Friday September 25th. For more information please refer to the 2021 AIS Grant Memo and Request for Proposals (RFP) Document. Online Applications via Secure E-forms will be made available on the 2021 AIS Grants Page along with the RFP by 12pm Friday September 25th. The The Deadline for Submissions of November 15th will remain in place. Please Stay tuned for further updates.
For More information on the State of Minnesota DNR Grants for AIS please see the DNR website.
AIS Program Coordinator