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Crow Wing County implements AIS program

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department's aquatic invasive species (AIS) program focuses on the top priorities identified by area lake associations, citizens and business interests, including boat landing inspections, decontamination units,...

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department's aquatic invasive species (AIS) program focuses on the top priorities identified by area lake associations, citizens and business interests, including boat landing inspections, decontamination units, treatment of Eurasian watermilfoil, education and awareness, and innovative special projects.

Watercraft inspectors are active on boat landings within the county, with 2015 inspection hours on waters within the county expected to more than double over 2014 levels.

"Crow Wing County is home to some of Minnesota's best fishing and boating waters," said Mark Liedl, land services director. "With our 2015 AIS plan, Crow Wing County is leading Minnesota counties in the effort to limit and prevent the spread AIS in our waters."

Land services recently improved information about county waters and wetlands on its webpage at www.crowwing.us , and search for "water." The newly designed page includes interactive maps showing data on water quality, AIS and county efforts to protect water resources.

Liedl said the county is partnering with local businesses and lake associations to spread the word through public service announcements, signs and advertising campaigns about the important role people can play in preventing and limiting the spread of AIS this boating season.

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Draining all water, removing plants, mud and other debris, and inspecting trailers and watercraft when moving from lake to lake can minimize the risk of spreading AIS. Additionally, 21 days of drying time is needed when purchasing used docks, lifts or swim rafts before locating them in a different water body.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Environmental Services Office at 218-824-1125 or environmental.services@crowwing.us to discuss AIS or other land use related activities.

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