The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Plan & Rapid Response Plan for Scott County (2023-2024) was recently adopted by the PLSLWD Board of Managers. PLSLWD staff partnered with Scott County to be active participants in the creation and annual review of the County’s plans. This document, containing both the Prevention Plan and Rapid Response Plan, will continue to have annual review periods where the District will continue to be involved in the stakeholder review group.
The Prevention Plan explains current initiatives in place to slow the spread of AIS such as boat inspections, aquatic plant treatments, and funding. The Rapid Response Plan explains the role of various stakeholders should a new AIS infestation occur in a Scott County lake. Establishing responsibilities and communication lines will help staff quickly mobilize monitoring and management strategies to reduce the infestation before it becomes unmanageable.
Purpose: To guide PLSLWD in the management of aquatic invasive species and, through education and awareness, prevention measures, and applied research, work with state and local partners to protect the District’s water resources from this environmental threat. These plans also help carry out objectives outlined in the District’s 10-year Water Resources Management Plan, such as:
- GOAL AIS1: Develop and implement an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Response and Prevention Plan in coordination with Scott County to help prevent new AIS from entering District lakes, and
- GOAL AIS3: Monitor curly-leaf pondweed growth on Tier 1 lakes and treat as needed to prevent adverse effects on water quality
If you suspect a new infestation of an invasive plant or animal, take a photo and note the location, or save a specimen and report it to:
Contact April Londo (DNR), April. Londo@state.mn.us 651-259-5861
For more resources on Aquatic Invasive Species, visit the DNR Aquatic Invasive Species webpage.