After 16 meetings, the MCWD’s AIS Task Force has completed a draft of the District’s Long Term AIS Management Plan which, once finalized, will become part of the MCWD’s 10-year comprehensive plan. The task force’s members include a variety of stakeholders, including residents, business owners, anglers, park officials and lake associations.
The purpose statement of the plan reads: “The purpose of the AIS Management Plan is to guide the MCWD in the management of aquatic invasive species and, through education and awareness, prevention measures, and applied research, work with state and local partners to protect the District’s water resources from this environmental threat.”
The MCWD Board of Managers will begin its review of the plan in March and, after deciding whether revisions should be made, submit it to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). Public comment will follow BWSR’s review as a proper amendment of the District’s Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan.
note: Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association was represented on the Task Force by Steve Gunther, president of the LMPA