Conservation Minnesota

Spring 2013: Stop Invasive Species


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.

Here’s how:

  • 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.



Paul Austin
Executive Director

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About Paul Austin

Paul Austin
Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.
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Roger Tadsen says:

Dear Paul Austin,
Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes. We have a long history of public access to those lakes. If we are truley dedicated to preserving our lakes we must take very radical action and implement a QUARATINE stratigey to stopping the invasive species that threaten our lakes. Very simply if the lake you choose to boat on has invasive species in it then that is the ONLY lake you can boat on. Every lake in Minnesota that is infected (zebra mussels) will have boats with an identification (motor sticker)for that lake only. This policy will stay in place only until a solution is found to eradocate the invasive species. (we found an answer for the sea lamprey) Quarantine is the best action to take to stop the spread of exotic species that threaten the health of our lakes and it must be implimented sooner than later. Only 2% of our 10,000 lakes are infected. Impliment a quarantine before it is too late.
Roger Tadsen Your comments are welcome.