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.