This session the Minnesota Legislature approved new funding for counties to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.
In early May, a legislative conference committee approved a bill that will send $4.5 million this year and $10 million a year thereafter to 83 of Minnesota’s 87 counties with public-access boat landings, to help manage county-based AIS-control efforts. The bill was sent to the full House and Senate and passed to become law.
The Legislature has also approved $4.04 million in Legacy Funds for a series of pilot projects to test and evaluate innovative new strategies in AIS prevention and is expected to approve $6 million for the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.
Congratulations to our partners at Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates and the Minnesota Coalition of Lakes Associations for their leadership on the new county AIS funding, and many thanks to YOU for contacting your legislators and urging them to help keep AIS out of Minnesota’s treasured lakes and rivers.