AIS Prevention in Minnesota

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are non-native aquatic organisms living outside their historic range that have  potential to cause harm to the local ecosystem. 

About 7% of MN's more than 11,000 lakes are on the infested waters list. Less than 3% of Minnesota's lakes are listed as infested with Zebra Mussels

Lac qui Parle lake was listed as infested with zebra mussels in 2016. While the lake has not been severely impacted by this invasion, we need to take proper precautions to not spread them to nearby waterways.

Nearby infestations: Big Stone County- Curly-leaf pondweed

                                   Yellow Medicine county- Mystery snails

Whenever you are entering or leaving a waterbody be sure to follow the Clean, Drain, Dry ethics.

Identifying and Reporting Aquatic Invasive Species

With so many plants and animals inhabiting our waters and shorelines it can be hard to keep track of them all. Luckily there are lots of great resources to help distinguish between native and invasive species .

If you find an invasive species- document it!

Take a photo and upload it into one of the tracking system linked below, or contact Rhyan Schicker, our AIS Detector.


EDD Maps : Find, Map and Track invasive species. Search by county or waterbody and report sightings of AIS

iNaturalist: Record observations, share with fellow naturalists, help with identification and discuss finding

Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species :  identification and management of species and reporting information

MN Infested Waters list : See which waterbodies in MN are infested with which species