PA RT N E R I N G W I T H LO C A L U N I TS O F G OV E R N M E N T
Preventing the Spread of Aquatic
Invasive Species
Minne...
The conservation challenge of
aquatic invasive species?
• Legislature – policy and
funding
• DNR – statewide prevention
and containment
• Local Govt. and
organizations – local ac...
AIS Prevention Aid
o A new bill will provide $10
million in new County
Program Aid to “prevent
the introduction of or limi...
Prevention Efforts
o Examples of
Strategies:
o Regulations
o Enforcement
o Watercraft
Inspections
o Public Awareness
o Sig...
Enforcement Efforts
o Local peace officers can enforce AIS laws, must
attend training to issue civil citations
Watercraft Inspection
What do inspectors do?
o Educate the public about AIS
o Inspect Watercraft and deny
launch if necess...
Watercraft Inspection
How do Local Units of
Government hire Watercraft
Inspectors?
o Complete a delegation
agreement with ...
Watercraft Inspection
What is a delegation
agreement?
o Delegates the MN DNR’s
watercraft inspection
authority to the LGU
...
Watercraft Inspection
Volunteers or AIS
ambassadors
o Local citizens can also
volunteer to do AIS
education at the public
...
Public Awareness
Local Units of Government can
create public awareness
through:
o Signage (at places other than
the waterc...
Public water access signs
Signs for Public Water
Accesses are available
through a sign grant from the
MN DNR:
o http://www...
Questions?
Ann Pierce
Section Manager, Division of Ecological and
Water Resources
651-259-5119
ann.pierce@state.mn.us
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Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

There are many things that local governments can do to control the spread of aquatic invasive species in their communities
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. PA RT N E R I N G W I T H LO C A L U N I TS O F G OV E R N M E N T Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species Minnesota Dept. Natural Resources 500 Lafayette Road | St. Paul, MN 55155 (888) 646-6367| mndnr.gov
  • 2. The conservation challenge of aquatic invasive species?
  • 3. • Legislature – policy and funding • DNR – statewide prevention and containment • Local Govt. and organizations – local actions to shield • Boater / angler – personal responsibility Multiple levels of partners needed – tribal, state, county, lake association, citizens
  • 4. AIS Prevention Aid o A new bill will provide $10 million in new County Program Aid to “prevent the introduction of or limit the spread of invasive species at all accesses sites within the county” o These funds are paid by the Department of Revenue o The DNR will be hiring two new positions to provide technical guidance on AIS prevention plans to counties and two new training positions to train county staff performing watercraft inspections
  • 5. Prevention Efforts o Examples of Strategies: o Regulations o Enforcement o Watercraft Inspections o Public Awareness o Signage o Permits and Conditions
  • 6. Enforcement Efforts o Local peace officers can enforce AIS laws, must attend training to issue civil citations
  • 7. Watercraft Inspection What do inspectors do? o Educate the public about AIS o Inspect Watercraft and deny launch if necessary o Gather data Two Levels of Authorized Watercraft Inspector o Both conduct inspections, only level 2 can decontaminate watercraft with high pressure, high heat equipment Who can hire authorized watercraft inspectors?  DNR  Local Units of Government
  • 8. Watercraft Inspection How do Local Units of Government hire Watercraft Inspectors? o Complete a delegation agreement with the MN DNR o Complete a plan for where to place inspectors, including which level o Hire inspectors and have them trained by the MN DNR o Deploy inspectors (schedule, supervise and manage) There are two types of programs an LGU can have with a delegation agreement:  Watercraft inspections a the public access  Watercraft inspections within a geographic area- this program requires a comprehensive plan that addresses all requirements listed in 84D.105 (g)
  • 9. Watercraft Inspection What is a delegation agreement? o Delegates the MN DNR’s watercraft inspection authority to the LGU o Requires the LGU to be fully responsible for its own watercraft inspection program including legally and financially o Inspectors must be staff of the LGU or can be hired through a staffing agency
  • 10. Watercraft Inspection Volunteers or AIS ambassadors o Local citizens can also volunteer to do AIS education at the public water access o The DNR provides training for all volunteers, anyone who will be at a DNR access is required to take the training and pass a background check  AIS ambassadors are staff who are hired by an LGU but are not authorized, they obtain permission to be at DNR accesses through a grant process Volunteers and Ambassadors are not Inspectors:
  • 11. Public Awareness Local Units of Government can create public awareness through: o Signage (at places other than the watercraft access) o Public Service announcements o Radio and News ads o Stock images, text and products are available on the DNR Website Grants available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/gra nts/aquatic_invasive/index.html
  • 12. Public water access signs Signs for Public Water Accesses are available through a sign grant from the MN DNR: o http://www.dnr.state.m n.us/grants/aquatic_inv asive/index.html
  • 13. Questions? Ann Pierce Section Manager, Division of Ecological and Water Resources 651-259-5119 ann.pierce@state.mn.us

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