Ais info 9-13-14

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SHORELAND HOMEOWNERS

Help us prevent the transport of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and other aquatic invasive species (AIS). Invasive species are species that are not native to Minnesota and cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Minnesota waters are threatened by aquatic invasive species. It is illegal to transport any aquatic plants, zebra mussels, New Zealand mudsnails or other prohibited invasive species, or to launch a boat or trailer with these species attached.

CLEAN ALL RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT – IT’S THE LAW Per MN Aquatic Invasive Species Law: YOU MAY NOT:

  • Transport watercraft without removing the drain plug.
  • Arrive at lake access with drain plug in place.
  • Transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, or other prohibited species on any roadway.
  • Launch a watercraft with prohibited species attached.
  • Transport water from Minnesota lakes or rivers.
  • Release live bait into the water

Shoreland Owners information:http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/shoreland_owners.html

If you are purchasing a dock, boat lift, swim raft or associated watercraft equipment from another lake you need to inspect it for aquatic invasive species. If you find any attached to the watercraft, it must clean it thoroughly at the site where it was removed from the lake and left to sit clean and out of the water for up to 5 days before transporting it on a public road. Before you transport it on a public road, you must read and fill out this DNR authorization form and have it with you at all times while in transport. http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/invasives/ais-auth-formboats.pdf

*After transport to your property, the watercraft such as a dock, boat lift, swim raft or associated equipment MUST NOT BE PLACED IN ANOTHER WATERBODY UNTIL A MINIMUM OF 21 DAYS HAVE PASSED.

When boating and recreating in Minnesota, protect our waters by following state aquatic invasive species law

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/preventspread_watercraft.html

How do I know if it’s an invasive species? Here’s a guide:

Aquatic Invasive Species Animalshttp://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquaticanimals/zebramussel/index.html

Aquatic Invasive Species Plants

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/aquaticplants/index.html

Report suspected new infestations to the MN DNR – 1-651-259-5100