Zebra mussels. Spiny water fleas. Asian carp.

 

Aquatic invasive species have become a big issue in Minnesota and have the potential to create havoc in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural resources is holding open houses around the state this month to provide information on prevention of aquatic invasive species and resources that are available to citizens. The DNR also will be taking input and comments on prevention efforts.

 

Each open house will include information on aquatic invasive species (AIS) regulations and enforcement, as well as watercraft inspections and public education and invasive species identification. The agency will provide a 20-minute presentation at 6:15 p.m. and again at 7:15 p.m.

 

The DNR said the management of AIS in state waters will not be the focus of the open houses.

 

Here are the places and dates:

 

When: Wednesday, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Duluth

Directions: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Ontonagon Room

 

When: Thursday 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Minnetonka

Directions: Minnetonka Community Center in the Community Room

 

When: Jan. 20, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Walker

Directions: Chase on the Lake Hotel in the Ballroom

 

When: Jan. 21, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Fergus Falls

Directions: Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Legacy Hall

 

When: Jan. 28, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Willmar

Directions: Willmar Community Center in the B.N./Selvig Rooms

 

No registration is necessary to attend.  For more information, contact Molly Zins of Minnesota Waters at mollyz@minnesotawaters.org or Luke Skinner of Minnesota DNR at luke.skinner@state.mn.us.

 

 

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