Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Spotlight



Timber Creek continues to be involved in the fight to protect our lakes from the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species. As many of you know, the following announcement was made this winter.

TRAININGS FOR LAKE SERVICE PROVIDERS REQUIRED BY LAW ARE ONGOING TO HELP PREVENT SPREAD OF AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

Saint Cloud, MN. February 1, 2012: Lake Service Providers are required by law to attend Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) training and obtain the permit prior to working in waters of the state. Training sessions have been scheduled throughout the state in February and March. Lake Service Providers should act now and be sure to attend a training session and obtain a new permit before ice-out. State laws passed in 2011 aim to help prevent the spread of AIS between waters in the state. They also require service providers to apply for a permit, pay the $50 application fee, attend training in person and pass a test. Upon completion of all mentioned tasks a permit will be issued to the service provider. Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Waters is conducting statewide trainings for businesses that install and remove water recreation equipment. The training sessions provide the information needed to understand and pass the required test. In addition, service providers are taught how to integrate AIS prevention strategies into their business.

For complete article: http://www.minnesotawaters.org/sites/default/files/2-1-12.pdf

What Timber Creek is doing to Prevent AIS?.
All full time Timber Creek crew members and owner, Ben Tande, have attending two Lake Service Provider Training sessions that were offered last year. This spring we will be having all part-time crew members and office staff complete all required online training. Timber Creek holds a current permit to install or remove water-related equipment or structures from waters of the state. We are actively planning what we can do to be more responsible in how we schedule our days and the use of equipment to mitigate transportation of any and all AIS. We will continue to wash our barges and equipment when leaving infested lakes.

Timber Creek Completes training and testing for the Lake Service Provider Permit.



January 11, 2012: Mandatory Training and Permitting for Lake Service Providers

Minnesota Waters is pleased to announce that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is initiating statewide training and permitting for people who install and remove water recreation equipment as required by new state laws passed in 2011.

According to the law, service providers are individuals or businesses hired to install or remove water-related equipment, such as boats, docks, boat lifts or structures, from waters of the state. They are now required to obtain a permit from the DNR before providing any of those services. The DNR will begin to implement and enforce this during the 2012 open water season.

All service providers must complete invasive species training and pass an examination in order to obtain a permit. A new page on the DNR website provides information about service provider training and permitting - www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/index.html. Permit application and the training location information can also be found on this web page.

Service providers' employees are also required to complete DNR aquatic invasive species training, which will be offered online. Those employees will be able to log on to a training Web page, complete the training about aquatic invasive species, laws and precautions, and receive a printed certificate upon completion. This online training will be made available by March on the DNR website. Service providers' employees will not be able to complete AIS training in person or take the in class examination.

Service providers that previously attended in person training in 2011 are not required to attend again, but are required to pass an exam. An examination will be mailed to those service providers.

The DNR will begin accepting service provider applications and application fee payments after Feb. 1. The service provider application will be online, so service providers must visit the web page to apply for the permit. Upon receipt of an application, a $50 application fee and verification of training, a permit will be issued by DNR. The service provider permit, which will be valid for three years, must be in possession while providing any services.

The DNR has partnered with Minnesota Waters, a nonprofit organization promoting responsible stewardship of Minnesota's water resources, to provide training and testing of service providers. The assistance of Minnesota Waters increases the DNR's capacity to fully implement the statewide training and permit requirements in 2012.

"Minnesota Waters looks forward to working with the DNR to provide training and resources for Minnesota's lake service providers, and to supporting the integral role these businesses play in aquatic invasive species prevention," said Lois Sinn Lindquist, Executive Director at Minnesota Waters. "We're delighted that this training is mandatory and it's critical that all lake service providers are identified, contacted and certified in the steps they must take to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species."

Training materials will be uploaded to the web page when finalized in mid-January. The initial 21 training dates and locations are listed on the web page. The training opportunities, which will be offered across the state, will begin in late January and run through March. Additional training opportunities will be scheduled for late spring and summer.



MINNESOTA WATERS and MN DNR PARTNER TO OFFER AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES SEMINARS FOR LAKE SERVICE PROVIDERS - MANDATORY CERTIFICATION

St. Cloud, MN. August 3, 2011: Minnesota Waters, the statewide non-profit dedicated to empowering citizens to protect and improve the lakes and rivers of Minnesota, announces its partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to host the new, mandatory, Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) seminars for Lake Service Providers (LSP). Service providers are individuals or businesses hired to install or remove water-related equipment or structures from waters of the state. The seminars will be hosted at multiple locations throughout the state beginning August 15, 2011. The seminars will provide all participants with DNR certification on best management practices to prevent the spread of AIS.

It is now mandatory in Minnesota that LSP obtain a permit from the DNR before providing any services. Every LSP must have a valid permit in possession while providing services. LSP must complete invasive species training and pass an examination in order to qualify for a permit. Permits are valid for 3 years. Persons working for service providers that have a permit are also required to complete DNR aquatic invasive species training. LSP who attended previous AIS Seminars must attend again this year in order to receive the new certification. By attending the seminars, LSP will also learn up-to-date information on regional AIS infestations; learn the regulations that apply to moving boats, docks, lifts and equipment; discuss best strategies to remove AIS; and to learn how one can work with the DNR, regional lake associations and Minnesota Waters to prevent the spread of AIS.

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the recommended actions to prevent the spread; how to report new sightings; as well as an opportunity to discuss this issue with their colleagues, lake association partners and other seminar sponsors. The list of businesses awarded permits will be posted on the Minnesota Waters website www.minnesotawaters.org.

Minnesota Waters believes an engaged citizenry will effectively protect and restore Minnesota''s irreplaceable natural assets -- clean and healthy lakes and streams -- for current and future generations. The non-profit organization provides training, connections, issue advocacy, and support to empower citizens and citizen-led groups to be active, effective advocates for Minnesota's unique waterscape.

As a lake service provider we continue to be actively involved in the prevention of the spread of AIS on our lakes . Timber Creek Staff has completed the invasive species training and will be taking the examination once it is available.



Beginning last fall, along with key stakeholders from around the state, I (Ben) participated in a series of aquatic invasive species prevention workgroup meetings with the DNR to create a platform of legislative initiatives for this upcoming session. Here are the eight ideas that emerged and have been included in the report to legislators.

1. Increase enforcement of AIS laws at the state and local level;
2. Increase penalties for violations of state invasive species laws;
3. Improve the DNR's watercraft inspection process for AIS;
4. Increase public awareness of AIS;
5. Aid AIS actions at water accesses;
6. Require lake service provider licensing and training;
7. Focus on high-use infested waters prioritize;
8. Increase funding for AIS efforts.


Governor Mark Dayton and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr introduce new initiative to slow the spread of aquatic invasive species at a press conference held Wednesday, March 16 at the DNR Central office in St. Paul.

Unless we transform our approach, AIS will steadily overrun Minnesota's lakes and rivers - with devastating results for our state's businesses, communities, and recreation. The AIS management system in Minnesota is constrained by outdated laws and cultural norms and is seriously broken. We need to reexamine the legal, regulatory and cultural framework that has allowed AIS to become a large problem, and establish a new system for stemming the AIS aquademic. Each person has something to offer here - whether it's becoming a watercraft inspector, making monetary contributions or one of many other ways to show you care about our lakes. A great way to start would be by contacting your local legislator and telling them that you are concerned about AIS. I hope that you will be moved to take action!

*Some of this information was taken, with permission from www.minnesotaawaters.com

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Seasonal Reminder!
Used docks and boatlifts coming out of infested lakes need proper cleaning. Please be aware of where your equipment is coming from and take necessary precautions in avoiding the spread of an AIS to your lake. View MN DNR Invasive Species Transportation Prohibitions