Building a Statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Program

The Aquatic Invaders Summit III, scheduled Feb 28-Mar 1, 2018 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an important Best Management Practice towards preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota’s waters.

What is the most important tool for lake protection? Partnerships.

The Aquatic Invaders Summit III, will provide:

  • The latest and most useful applied science,
  • Updates on the most innovative programs across the state,
  • Opportunities for Continuing Legal Education Credits, with programs focused on writing local ordinances and State Laws,
  • Time to forge new partnerships and increase the collaboration, consistency and communication in existing partnerships.

Water is Minnesota’s greatest natural asset.

  • Basis of $12.5 billion-plus tourism economy,
  • Bedrock of our state identity and brand,
  • Critical to life,
  • A fundamental legacy we will leave future generations who will live in a world of increasing water insecurity.

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) threaten the quality of these legacy resources.

The Aquatic Invaders Summit is a timely and important event for individuals on the front line in the fight against AIS. County government officials, tribal resource managers and leaders, lake associations, lake improvement districts, lake service providers, angling and conservation groups, hospitality industry, chambers of commerce, boat manufacturers and others will have the opportunity to share, learn and plan together for effective local AIS prevention in Minnesota.

Collaboration between public institutions and active citizens is a Best Management Practice in managing AIS.

For instance, Starry stonewort, discovered in 2015, has the potential to severely impact Minnesota’s $2.8 billion angling economy, particularly bass and panfish fisheries. Without a significant and ongoing investment of volunteer hours and money by the Lake Koronis Association, that public access would be unusable.

The State of Minnesota has made significant and ongoing investment is spurring local innovations and partnerships:

  • The Lessard Sams Outdoor Heritage Council funded an “Innovations Grant” administered by the Initiative Foundation.
  • The County AIS Prevention Aid has spurred excellent local programs and innovations.

These funding streams have unleashed the biggest asset Minnesota has in AIS prevention efforts – the millions of Minnesotans who love our lakes and rivers.

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates would like thank the committed sponsors, exhibitors and collaborators below, and extend a special thank-you to the MLR volunteer board for their support, good ideas and hard work in putting this Summit together. Without them this event would not have been possible.

See the other tabs for preliminary agenda information and online registration. We hope to see you in February!

Jeff Forester speaks with National Wildlife Federation on stopping AIS:

Minnesota AIS:
Above and Below the Waterline: