Research and Demonstrations
Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose one of the greatest threats to Minnesota's lakes, rivers and wetlands. AIS are non-native plants, animals, and pathogens that cause environmental damage, economic loss, or harm to human health. These invaders displace native species, degrade and take over habitat, and spread quickly. Public education is a key to raise awareness and action to prevent and slow the spread of AIS.
One-page fact sheets are available for:
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! ™
You can help prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS) by boaters, anglers and other recreationalists. Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! ™ is a campaign that can provide resources to your organization to help promote AIS awareness and action in your community. Resources can be adapted or adopted. If you are a lake, recreation or tourism association, water related business or industry, non-governmental agency, or local or state agency, you can be part of the solution. Learn more at Protect Your Waters.
Habitattitude ™ is for aquarium hobbyists, backyard water pond owners and water gardeners concerned about protecting our environment. Release of unwanted aquarium fish, plants, snails, and other organisms can cause serious damage to our lakes and rivers. Besides not being good for the environment, it is illegal in Minnesota. If you are an aquarium hobbyist, water gardener or a member of club or society, you can be part of the solution. Learn more at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/habitattitude/ (in Minnesota) and http://www.habitattitude.net (national site).