Polk County Aquatic Invasive Species Taskforce
In 2015 Polk County formed an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Taskforce to help in the fight against aquatic invasive species within the County. The taskforce consists of members from all around the County and represents several different entities.
The taskforce has been busy working on several projects focusing on education and public awareness this year. Billboards, public access signs, and a few promotional items have already been utilized to help spread the message about the threat that AIS poses in Polk County and around the state. The taskforce is hoping to accomplish many great things in the years to come. One project that was completed in 2020 was purchasing a CD3 boat cleaning station that is stationed on East Shore, Maple Lake. Stop by the CD3 watercraft cleaning station to make sure your watercraft and equipment is clean, drained and dried to prevent the spread of AIS species throughout Minnesota. See the below information for more details on this great public tool!
- Loren Abel - Maple Lake Improvement District
- Ken Pederson - East Polk SWCD Board
- Nicole Bernd - West Polk SWCD
- Michael Norland, Thomas Hibma, & James Tadman - Polk County Sheriff’s Office
- Margo Bowerman -Youth Development - UMN Extension
- Gerald & Mary Ann Olson, Rolland Gagner (Alternate) - Union-Lake Sarah Improvement District representing Lake Sarah
- Lindsey Kallis, Corey Hanson (Alternate) - Red Lake Watershed District
- Rachel Klein, Maria Schomner- East Polk SWCD
- Joan Lee - Polk County Board
- Richard Rock, Lonnie Paradis (Alternate) - Union-Lake Sarah Improvement District representing Union Lake
- Steve Tischman - Polk County Township Association
- Rich Sanders - Polk County Public Works
- Jon Steiner, Jacob Snyder - Polk County Environmental Services
Clean, Drain, & Dry
A creative series of three PSAs has been professionally produced by LB Video Productions to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).
This video series is presented by Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates and funded collectively from the counties of Wabasha, Goodhue, Otter Tail, Yellow Medicine, Cook, Washington Benton, Lake, Polk, Stearns, Douglas, Chippewa, Cass, and Kanabec.
The creative and humorous concept behind this series is backed by the recent research published: MN DNR’s Preventing AIS Through Behavior Change.
“In Minnesota, lakes are our most important resource. In many areas of the state, shoreline property values are the majority of the tax base. Clean lakes and rivers are our identity and economy as a state. AIS is one of the most serious threats. The good news is that this threat can be mitigated with behavior change. That is why public education on AIS is so critically important and so incredibly effective. Water connects us all.” ~Jeff Forester, Executive Director, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates.
AIS PSA Series
CD3 Watercraft Cleaning Station
The Polk County AIS taskforce is excited to announce the purchase of a CD3 watercraft cleaning station to use during the boating season. The unit consists of tools that aid lake-river users with keeping watercrafts clean prior to and after launching in access sites throughout Polk County. This cleaning system is equipped with a wet-dry vacuum, air hose for drying, grabber tools, and a brush to scrub off watercraft.
AIS Taskforce Meetings are held quarterly throughout the year. Contact Jake at Polk County Planning and Zoning for more information at 218-281-5700.