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PRESS RELEASE – Fall Prevention of the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species



Stephanie Felt, Kandiyohi County AIS Coordinator, at 320.214.6730 



News Release - For Immediate Release

September 23, 2015

Margaret Johnson, Administrator
Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District
189 County Road 8 NE
PO Box 8
Spicer, MN 56288

Fall Prevention of the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Green and Calhoun Lakes in Kandiyohi County are now designated by the Minnesota DNR as infested with zebra mussels, an aquatic invasive species (AIS). This year, a decontamination unit for watercraft and water-related equipment was available from May through September at the County Park 4 (Saulsbury) public water access, and staff members provided decontamination services free-of-charge. The decontamination unit has now been winterized and placed in storage until next spring, although there’s still a significant risk of spreading AIS during the fall and winter months. As water equipment (e.g. docks, rafts, lifts) are removed for the season, inspect and remove any attached invasive species. It may be necessary to run your hand over smooth surfaces to detect juvenile mussels which may feel like gritty sandpaper under your fingertips. It is illegal to transport AIS, dead or alive, and may result in a fine. If you find invasive species on your equipment, you have two options. You may download a transport permit from the MN DNR, which allows you to move the equipment to a single location where it can be decontaminated and must be completed, signed, and kept in possession during travel to avoid a citation. Or, allow equipment to dry for 21 days and decontaminate before leaving the property. 

Fall hunting activities may also pose a risk of spreading AIS. Although natural resource professionals do not view the smooth exterior of decoys as a significant risk, damaged decoys that leak should be drained completely. Zebra mussel larvae (veligers) and adults can survive in these wet and humid environments for up to 27 days. Lowering your boat’s motor to drain water helps, but the only way to flush remaining water is with a decontamination unit. Ensuring waders, anchors, boat trailers, and all water-related equipment is drained and free of mud, plants, and water will help prevent your favorite hunting grounds from becoming infested with AIS. Be safe, responsible, and enjoy the season!


Credit: Crow River Organization of Water.


Stephanie Felt, Kandiyohi County AIS Coordinator, at 320.214.6730