Carver County board works on AIS budget

The Carver County board of Commissioners approved a budget for the 2015 Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program on Feb. 3, adjusting the budget based on additional state funding.

Zebra mussels are one of the major aquatic invasive species plaguing Minnesota lakes and rivers. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Forever)

Zebra mussels are one of the major aquatic invasive species plaguing Minnesota lakes and rivers. (Photo courtesy of Wildlife Forever)

The AIS Program is designed to combat the spread of invasive species in the waterways of Carver County. Some key components of the program are inspection services at designated public lakes and river access sites, voluntary decontamination service, trailer tagging service for expedited inspections, AIS warning and educational signage, and enhanced technology of software and reporting equipment.

Additional funding had been acquired for the program, which led to the discussion of changing the county’s contribution. Up for debate was the opportunity to decrease the county’s 2015 levy contribution from $20,000 to $10,000.

Continue reading this Sun Patriot story by James Stitt.

 

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