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2016 Aquatic Invasive Species Recap

On Oct. 5 & 6, 2016, the second Aquatic Invaders Summit in St. Cloud was attended by more than 350 Minnesota local units of government and their partners: lake associations, service providers, sporting groups, angling organizations, business community—anyone interested in preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in Minnesota.

Download the 2016 Aquatic Invasive Species Summit Program

These concerned individuals attended the two-day event because many aquatic invasive species (AIS) are now present in Minnesota, most notably Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, and spiny water flea. A new nasty invader—starry stonewort—has recently appeared and others are on Minnesota’s doorstep. These invaders threaten the current and future recreational enjoyment of our state’s waters and the economic sustainability of many communities dependent on Minnesota’s $13 billion tourism industry that is largely dependent on water and its adjacent natural resources. Not only can AIS impede recreation, but they can change the ecosystem balance, potentially forever.

The 2016 Summit built on the success of the first Aquatic Invaders Summit held in January 2015. Attendees learend how local units of government are utilizing their County AIS aid; heard about unique approaches to prevention and new research on control and management of AIS; experienced new and unique communication technologies to reach boaters with AIS prevention messages; explored ways the business, resort, and sporting communities can help stop the spread of AIS and more.

About the event

This well-attended event featured national leaders who provided on-the-ground applied science and actions that can be used to lower the risk of aquatic invasive species spread.

The summit served as a platform for AIS managers, county leaders, local governments, lake association members, angling groups and others who work at the local level to network and develop a shared view of expectations, data recording and strategies while providing the latest science, research and goals in AIS prevention and control.


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2015 Aquatic Invaders Summit Recap

On Jan. 20 & 21, 2015, the first Aquatic Invaders Summit in St. Cloud was attended by nearly 400 Minnesota local units of government and their partners: lake associations, service providers, sporting groups, angling organizations, business community and more.

Download the 2015 Aquatic Invaders Summit program. Attendees learned about ways to take the fight against aquatic invasive species (AIS) to the next level by ...

  • Developing an understanding of current practices/laws; understanding what species have invaded Minnesota the implications; and learning what’s on the horizon for aquatic invasive species prevention and management. 
  • Learning about new technology and innovative approaches for AIS prevention in Minnesota and across the country.
  • Gaining insights into successful communication and educational tools for AIS prevention. 
  • Participating in a grassroots effort to develop a first-of-its-kind coordinated AIS Prevention Framework for local collaboration and implementation.
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Aquatic Invaders Summit Jan. 20-21, 2015
Oct 15th, 2014 8:24 am The two-day "Aquatic Invaders Summit: An Exploration of Collaboration, Innovation and Opportunity" Jan. 20-21, 2015, will bring together national leaders to provide on-the-ground applied science and actions that can be used to lower the risk of aquatic invasive species spread. 169KB PDF
Aquatic Invaders Summit Program and Registration
Dec 5th, 2014 11:45 am This Jan. 20-21, 2015, event will bring in national leaders to provide on-the-ground applied science and actions that can be used to lower the risk of aquatic invasive species spread. 1053KB PDF
Summit Media Source List
Jan 12th, 2015 5:58 pm A list of national, state and local aquatic invasive species experts. 99KB MS Word
Background: Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species
Jan 12th, 2015 5:58 pm We've compiled background information to describe the aquatic invasive species that already are in Minnesota, and the invaders that are on the state's doorstep. 94KB MS Word
Aquatic Invasive Species News Release
Jan 13th, 2015 12:31 pm Leading experts from Minnesota and the United States will pool resources, ideas and innovations to curb the statewide spread of aquatic invasive species during the first-of-its-kind Jan. 20-21 Aquatic Invaders Summit in St. Cloud. 99KB MS Word