Aquatic invasive species prevention
Starting in 2014, the State of Minnesota is providing funding to all Minnesota counties to manage the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), such as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, carp and other species.
Hennepin County received more than $470,000 in 2014 and 2015 from the State of Minnesota for programs that prevent the introduction or limit the spread of AIS. See the Hennepin County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid Guidelines (PDF) for how the county plans to use the funding.
In 2015, the county allocated funding to a variety of programs, including to:
- Develop a concept plan for a permanent regional boat washing station.
- Enhance public access inspections.
- Support innovative education efforts.
- Research milfoil genetics for possible control strategies.
- Train residents on AIS detection.
- Provide grant funding for projects that allow partners to work on a variety of issues at the local level.
For more information on these projects, see the AIS Prevention Program 2015 Accomplishments Report (PDF).
See below for information about programs that are currently being implemented.