Over the past several years the District has devoted more and more resources to the fight against aquatic invasive species (AIS) such as Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels and purple loosestrife. The Board of Water and Soil Resources has advised the District that a new program should be part of an amendment to its 10 Year Management Plan. Under the new AIS program, the District would be able to focus on four implementation strategies:
• Conducting regular assessments of district lakes to determine the presence and prevalence of AIS
• Developing a prioritized list of known AIS with corresponding protection and management strategies
• Developing and implementing a ten-year education, assessment, inspection and management plan in collaboration with relevant stakeholders including state and federal agencies, county and local governments, lake owners associations and other district residents
• Exploring ways to mitigate the effects of native vegetation on recreational usage
The District is currently working on the Management Plan amendment and developing the AIS Program. To get involved with the planning process, contact District Administrator Jim Shaver or phone 651-433-2150.