County board approves regional inspection plan for AIS

For those who enjoy Minnesota’s 10,000-plus lakes, the acronym AIS has become far too familiar. AIS – Aquatic Invasive Species – have contaminated many Minnesota lakes. Zebra mussels, Eurasian milfoil and the newest and most devastating invasive species, starry stonewort, have infested waters. Lake Koronis in Paynesville has become the example of how a lake can undergo a complete infestation.
Without the state taking action to attempt to create an organized program to combat the AIS epidemic, local governments have been forced to combat infestations within their boundaries largely on their own. At the Sept. 19 meeting of the Wright County Board of Commissioners, the county voted to move forward with a pilot project funded through the Initiative Foundation.
The pilot project will require entry inspections prior to launch water-related equipment at four accesses on three lakes near the City of Annandale – Lake Sylvia, Lake John and Lake Pleasant. Two of the lakes (Sylvia and John) are considered at the highest risk of AIS infestation, but Lake Pleasant has recently had Eurasian milfoil discovered.

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