Grants awarded 2020
In April 2020, the county awarded nine grants totaling $389,250. The projects will prevent and slow the spread of aquatic invasive species by using emerging technologies to detect aquatic invasive species early in lakes, supporting research and outreach on pathways beyond boat accesses, expanding inspections and outreach at public lake accesses, and funding research and education.
Fortin Consulting Inc.
$15,000 to investigate whether prohibited or regulated species are being sold to consumers at pet stores and garden centers within Hennepin County. This work helps identify channels through which aquatic invasive species are distributed to consumers and will assist staff with outreach efforts to pet store and garden center staff. This project is in partnership with Anoka County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Lake Minnetonka Association
$4,250 to provide funding to conduct surveys for starry stonewort, an invasive species, at various sites around Lake Minnetonka. The sites will be surveyed twice during optimal growing times using methodology recommended by the University of Minnesota.
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
$20,000 to conduct research concerning the presence of goldfish in the Cornelia Lake system. Researchers will tag 500 goldfish and determine how the fish migrate and use the data to develop a management strategy. The project will include a public awareness and education component.
$30,000 to supplement existing countywide watercraft inspection programs by adding additional inspections at public accesses during varied times throughout the season. Introducing unpredictability to the presence of watercraft inspections at public accesses is expected to increase compliance with aquatic invasive species prevention best practices. Funding for this project will also be used to provide education to boaters about how to use waterless cleaning stations located at public accesses.
Wayzata Yacht Club
$10,000 to install a fresh water portable heated wash station for incoming and outgoing watercraft. This is an important project for reducing the spread of aquatic invasive species into and from Lake Minnetonka because this access point is used by watercraft from around the country.
$10,000 for the installation of “Clean Drain Dry” messaging at public marinas and bait shops in Hennepin County. The messages will be designed to increase public awareness about aquatic invasive species prevention measures.
Christmas Lake Association
$10,000 annually for three years to supplement the association’s existing watercraft inspection and decontamination program. This project will leverage funding from multiple partners, including $16,000 from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, $5,000 from the City of Shorewood, and $44,962 from the Christmas Lake Association. The county’s annual portion of the three-year funding commitment will be subject to the county receiving funds from the State of Minnesota.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
$40,000 annually for three years to supplement the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s existing watercraft inspection program. Pursuant to the county’s aquatic invasive species guidelines, this three-year agreement will expand aquatic invasive species inspection hours. Annual funding amounts will be subject to the county receiving funds for aquatic invasive species prevention from the State of Minnesota.
Three Rivers Park District
$50,000 annually for three years to supplement the Three Rivers Park District’s existing watercraft inspection program. Pursuant to the county’s aquatic invasive species guidelines, this three-year agreement will expand the number of lakes, number of watercraft that will be decontaminated, and working hours of aquatic invasive species inspectors. Annual funding amounts will be subject to the county receiving funds for aquatic invasive species prevention from the State of Minnesota.