Aquatic Invasive Species

Lake Improvement District (LID) Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Partnership Program - Reimbursement Request

We have created a form for Lake Associations within the LID to submit AIS treatment expenses for reimbursement. Please fill out the LID AIS Partnership Program Reimbursement Request Form (PDF) and save it to your computer. Once complete, please sent this form along with any supporting documents via email to Ben Elfelt. For additional information, please view the 2023 LID AIS Partnership Program (PDF).

Chisago County 2023 - 2024 Aquatic Invasive Species Treatment (AIS) and Education Grants for Lake Associations

Chisago County is issuing a grant application to distribute the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Water Resources Grant Funding to lake qualified lake associations for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Treatment and Education Outreach projects. Please fill out the 2023 - 2024 Aquatic Invasive Species Treatment and Education Grant Application Form (PDF) and save it to your computer. Applications are due May 3, 2023. Please send the completed application form, along with any supporting documents via email to Susanna Wilson Witkowski.

Chisago County Water Monitoring Video

Join Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District and county Water Resources staff for a day of lake monitoring in the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes watershed.  Visit the Lower St. Croix Partners website where Susanna, Water Resources Manager with Chisago County, demonstrates how to record lake level readings and check zebra mussel monitoring plates.   County Watercraft Inspectors show how they work with boaters to inspect and decontaminate watercraft and prevent aquatic invasive species from coming into area lakes. View the Chisago County Water Monitoring video.

Chisago County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention     

The goals of the Chisago County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program are to prevent the spread of AIS through conducting watercraft inspections, decontamination of watercraft, providing education and outreach to citizens, enforcing AIS laws and regional coordination. The County conducts Early Detection activities through zebra mussel veliger sampling, installing zebra mussel monitoring plates, and conducting aquatic plant Point-Intercept surveys. Chisago County will implement Rapid Response actions if zebra mussels or other AIS are found in a lake or river located in the County.

Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District

One of the goals of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District is to promote the reduction of non-native Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Aquatic Invasive Species are non-native plants, animals and other organisms. When they are introduced into a lake or river, they cause harm to the ecosystem. Once in a lake or river they can be impossible to eliminate and difficult to manage. Each year, thousands of watercraft users come to local lakes and rivers, potentially bringing zebra mussels and other AIS along with them.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

  1. Reporting Suspected Invasive Species
  1. AIS In Minnesota
  1. Clean, Drain, Dispose & Dry
  1. Communication & Education
  1. Watercraft Inspection Program
  1. Treatment Program
  1. Invasive Phragmites
  1. Aquatic Plant Surveys
  1. Web Mapping of Plant Surveys
  1. Common Carp Surveys
  1. AIS & Watercraft Inspection Reports

Zebra Mussels

  1. Lakes Susceptibility
  2. Plan

Lakes Susceptibility to Zebra Mussels