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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Help Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species


You can help protect your favorite lake from aquatic invasive species (AIS). While boating, you simply have to follow three simple steps:

  • Clean – before leaving a lake, boaters should clean all visible plants and other debris from all equipment (motors, jet skis, trailers, paddles, etc)
  • Drain – drain any water from the boat and keep drain plugs out
  • Dry – wipe everything dry

Disposing of unwanted bait in the trash also helps prevent the spread of invasive species.

Another way to protect your lake from AIS is by looking for invasive species when you are on or in the water. While the MCWD and its partners regularly monitor lakes for AIS, watchful residents can provide an extra layer of protection. By keeping an eye out for AIS, you can help catch any new infestation early and improve the chances for successful management.

MCWD has an early detection guide book that will give you the tools you need to identify what’s invasive and what’s native. The book is free and available either online at or at the MCWD office at 15320 Minnetonka Boulevard in Minnetonka. If you suspect a new infestation, note the location, take a close-up detailed photo, and report it to the MCWD at, 952-471-7873, or the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at 651-259-5828.

More information about aquatic invasive species can be found online at

Article and photo by Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

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