Boat inspections are now underway for the 2021 boating season. The District has engaged Waterfront Restorations to conduct inspections at the four public boat launches located in the District: Lower Prior, Upper Prior, Spring and Fish Lakes. These inspections will supplement DNR inspection hours at the launches.
Inspectors inspect boats for aquatic invasive species (AIS) prior to entering and after leaving the lake. The goals of inspections are to prevent the introduction of new AIS into local lakes, stop AIS already present from spreading to new lakes and educate boaters on AIS.
The District’s AIS boat inspections will supplement the Minnesota DNR’s boat inspection hours at the launches. Weekends (Friday-Sunday) will have the most inspection hours, but inspectors will also be present during the week. Inspection times are focused around predicted higher traffic times.
Once an invasive species is introduced into a lake, it is impossible to eradicate and reducing or managing the growth of established aquatic invasive species is often very expensive. Prevention or early detection is an important component to effectively managing AIS.
Currently known AIS present in Prior Lake are zebra mussels, curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed in Spring Lake.