Taking out docks or equipment? Prevent the spread of AIS
The crisp weather signals the approach of winter, and with it, thousands of Minnesotans will be storing their boats, docks, lifts, and other water-related equipment until spring. Please take precautions to avoid the spread of AIS as you move and store equipment:
Use permitted service providers: Minnesota law requires lake service providers –- anyone hired to install or remove water-related equipment including structures from bodies of water -– to undergo training on preventing the spread of AIS. The providers will have a yellow sticker displayed on their vehicle (shown here) and their permit within. The DNR provides a list of permitted providers.
Obtain permit for transporting watercraft and equipment: Because it is illegal to transport any watercraft carrying AIS away from a body of water, even to storage, boaters in this situation must obtain a one-way permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The permit allows boaters to legally bring their boat to a decontamination station and then to storage.
Self-inspect and report: Quick response to the presence of an invasive specie(s) can save a water body from infestation. Please check all equipment and structures once they are taken out of the water and report species that are not known to be present in that water body. The MCWD's Early Detection guide provides comparisons between invasive plants and similar native plants. Contact MCWD AIS Program Manager Eric Fieldseth at (952) 471-7873 or firstname.lastname@example.org to report a suspected new infestation.
The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is committed to a leadership role in maintaining and enhancing the integrity of the District's water resources. This section of the website will help you understand what you can do individually, and what we are doing collectively through government agencies, to prevent AIS at bay in our watershed.
The presence or introduction of aquatic invasive species (AIS) threatens the quality of aquatic ecosystems. AIS decrease recreational opportunities, alter the food chain and quality of fishing, decrease property values, and increase the private and public costs of managing and controlling their presence.
Most invasive species present today have been introduced by human activity, including:
Accidental release from contaminated waterbodies, via boats, docks or other equipment
Accidental release from contaminated or mislabeled bait
Aquarium hobbyists and water gardeners dumping fish and/or plants into a waterbody
Sadly there is no safe technique to get rid of
most AIS once they’re established. While researchers work on long-term solutions,
the only way to keep them out of our waterways is for Minnesotans to pitch in and
take responsibility for their own equipment. If we all take a few small steps
to avoid infesting new waters, we can hopefully stop AIS from