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Crow Wing County 2020 AIS Plan

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals, or pathogens that live primarily in water and thrive in their new environment, often out-competing native species. Well known AIS include: zebra mussels, curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasion watermilfoil, spiny waterflea, sea lamprey, and Asian carp. AIS management has quickly become one of the County's biggest challenges. Although the scenario varies by lake and by species, it is clear that the easiest and most cost effective method is prevention.

When Crow Wing County was identifying the priorities for the 2013 to 2023 Water Plan, a survey was sent to all riparian landowners in the County as well as to various stakeholder groups and to the general public (via a press release and participation at the County Fair). The results of that survey indicated that Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) was the top surface water priority. As the survey indicates, Crow Wing County has seen an ever-increasing demand from citizens and lake associations to become an active participant in the fight against AIS.

The County's stated goal with respect to AIS in the 2013 to 2023 Water Plan is: To provide leadership in the fight against Aquatic Invasive Species by developing proactive solutions aimed at educating and empowering local citizens.

Under this goal are four primary objectives:

  1. Lake Association Coordination

  2. Watercraft Inspection

  3. Lake Improvement District (LID) Management

  4. Education and Outreach

AIS Decontamination

Decontamination stations are available to boaters free of charge, with priority given to boaters who have been referred for decontamination by watercraft inspectors or law enforcement present on area landings. For more information about Brainerd Lakes Area Decontamination Stations, see the resources:

Click here to read the plan details

MAISRC Year In Review

It was another exciting and productive year at the Minnesota Aquatic

Invasive Species Research Center! I continue to be inspired by our

researchers – from the first semester students to the tenured

professors – all working toward a common goal of finding

research-based solutions to Minnesota’s AIS problems. As I look

back on 2019, it is amazing what has been accomplished.

We're pleased to share with you this Research Report for 2019 that

highlights some of our accomplishments over the last year. We’ve

made significant strides in the prevention, detection, and control of

AIS in Minnesota and have many reasons to be optimistic about the future. 

Click here to read the full report here.

Water Quality/Well Testing/Well Disinfection

Well Testing Information

As a private well owner, you are responsible for regularly testing your well water. Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommends:

Go to Well Testing, Results, and Options for more information on how to test your well water and what to do with your test results.

Ice Safety - When is ice safe? - MnDNR

There really is no sure answer. You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.

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