Thousands of Minnesotans like you have told us that finding effective strategies to combat the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), like Asian Carp and Zebra Mussels, is a top priority. This is clearly a critical issue facing Minnesota and one that we must address now. I want you to know that Conservation Minnesota is working hard this year to combat the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.
- We are promoting legislation that creates a permanent, dedicated source of funding for AIS prevention, eradication, and enforcement. This funding would come from either an increase in the state’s AIS surcharge on watercraft or as a fee for a new, required, online AIS prevention training for all watercraft operators.
- Currently, the Department of Natural Resources has no way of tracking if someone was recently ticketed for an AIS violation, making it impossible to impose increased penalties on repeat offenders. We are supporting investment in a system to update, track, and make information about previous violations available to enforcement officers in real time.
- We are working with a broad coalition of partner groups, called Stop Carp, to enact targeted strategies, including the permanent closure of two underutilized locks on the Mississippi River, to protect most of Minnesota from the spread of Asian Carp.
Today, you can make a big difference in just a couple of minutes. Please send a message to your State Representative and State Senator, asking them to support new funding and stronger enforcement for AIS prevention. Follow the link here and send the pre-written letter, but feel free to add your own message as well.
Thanks so much for your help. Together we can protect the Minnesota you love.