Prevent the Spread
Kandiyohi County has a permanent watercraft decontamination unit available free of charge at 4 Seasons Lawn & Beach,
located at 206 6th Avenue in Spicer (near the water tower.)
Available from 8:00am – 5:00pm.
ATTEND AIS TASK FORCE MEETINGS
The Kandiyohi County Aquatic Invasive Species task force meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Detlef Center, 217 Hillcrest Avenue (near the Green Lake Mall ) in Spicer from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please call Coordinator Charlene Brooks at (320) 231.6200 ext 5035 to confirm dates and times in case of a schedule change.
Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator
320.231.6200 ext 5035
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.