AIS Grants

           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 2019 the AIS advisory committee and County Board approved grants to fund 18 AIS Projects on local lakes! Management and prevention projects this year 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.

In 2020 it is an aim to continue these efforts and to have more community events around AIS education and prevention. Grants are open to the public and proposals are due no later than November 15th 2019. For More information on the AIS or the Statewide program please see  the DNR website.

The Request for Proposals document has the guidelines terms and conditions for Grant application and reimbursement
The End of year report forms for those who have been awarded and are applying for grant reimbursement in the current calendar year, may be submitted with their Grant Proposals and submission is due no later than November 15th to remain eligible.