Regional Inspection Program
The DNR is taking comments on a proposal, the Wright County Enhanced Inspection and Decontamination Pilot Project, and all lake lovers need to write in support. Use the blue ACT NOW button above to voice your support for a mandatory, regional inspection and decontamination pilot project.
As Star Tribune outdoor reporter Dennis Anderson recently wrote, "Canada's western provinces, along with states in the northwest U.S., are serious about keeping aquatic invasive species (AIS) out of their waters. Compared with their efforts, Minnesota's early attempts in recent decades to prevent infiltration by the same creepy critters appear lame. And, one could argue, Minnesota's AIS prevention efforts are still lame."
Since 2012 the MN DNR has had the authority to set up a mandatory regional aquatic invasive species and inspection program similar to the programs that so impressed Mr. Anderson while he was out West.
The MN DNR has never made use of this authority. Wright County's citizens and local governments have stepped up to fill the vacuum of leadership at the State level.
But Wright County must operate under a delegation authority from the MN DNR, and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr has still not signed off on the Wright County pilot project.
Use the ACT NOW button below to register your support of the Wright County pilot project with the MN DNR public input page.
Even if you have already written to DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, it is important that you post comments on the public input page.
Channel 5 ran a story on our Regional Inspection Program in Wright County.
Starry Stonewort First Responder Team Formed
We have established a Starry Stonewort (SS) First Responder Team. If you think you have found SS, please contact the following individuals for a positive ID in the order listed. If the first person does not pick up call the next in line. They will visit the site in question within 24 hrs and report back to the AIS Committee.
NEWS FLASHOn Tuesday June 27th The Wright County Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance to require inspections of all water-related equipment entering East and West Lake Sylvia, Lake John and Pleasant Lake. The video shows the support we are receiving and the interest across the State in this effort.
Well Done Wright County!
Seeking to stop starry stonewort - by Juliana Thill in Dockside magazine. (shared with permission).
Changing the Mindset on AIS - by Nick Phelps, Jeff Forester in Dockside magazine. (shared with permission).
Who Represents Me? and Legislative Districts
As you renew your membership please make sure all of your information is current and up to date!