Keep an eye out for AIS

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is watching closely for any new aquatic invasive species (AIS) infestations this season, but we can’t be everywhere at once. Help be our eyes on the ground!

Early detection of a new invasive species can allow for rapid response and increased awareness of AIS issues in a lake. In some cases, these actions can prevent a full-blown infestation.

This season MCWD staff will be monitoring highly-used lakes for signs for a variety of invasive species, including zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, and invasive snails. We will be snorkeling, kayaking, boating and walking shorelines. We will be testing water samples for signs of microscopic zebra mussels. We will continue to help fund inspectors at public boat launches and to educate residents on how to prevent the spread of these species.

Say hello if you see us at your lake, and keep your eyes peeled! If you see a suspicious plant or animal in a water body, please contact our AIS Specialist immediately at (952) 471-7873 or Learn more about various invasive species at


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