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Aquatic Invasive Species Planning in St. Louis County: Meeting 2

February 4, 2015
12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Mountain Iron Community Center
8586 Enterprise Dr. S.
Mountain Iron, MN

Free

RSVP to Marte Kitson at mkitson@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8305.

The public is invited to learn about the St. Louis County's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program and to participate in the process of developing the county's AIS plan at this informational meeting.

St. Louis County is seeking public input to prevent the introduction and limit the spread of AIS at water access sites throughout the county. The work is part of the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Aid Program, created by the state legislature.

The county's Planning and Community Development Department, with assistance from Minnesota Sea Grant, is working to create its 2015 AIS Plan to determine objectives and goals, and develop a process for allocating funds to organizations that will participate in AIS research, control, prevention, and education activities.

Organizations eligible to assist with AIS work and receive funding include joint powers boards, local government units, soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, or lake associations. Funded organizations must meet minimum county contract requirements including financial controls, record keeping, insurance, and any required workers compensation.

AIS species of concern in St. Louis County include zebra and quagga mussels, the New Zealand mudsnail, viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS), round and tubenose gobies, Eurasian ruffe, faucet snail, mystery snail, spiny water flea, Eurasian watermilfoil, purple loosestrife and rusty crayfish.

More information is available online at www.stlouiscountymn.gov/AIS.


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