2018 AIS Showcase

Additional Information

Join the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center on campus on Wednesday, September 12 for a selection of talks about the latest MAISRC research on starry stonewort, zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, invasive carp, and much more. The list of breakout sessions is available here.

Hear from the state's top aquatic invasive species researchers on:

  • The potential for using viruses against invasive carp
  • Whether zebra mussels are hiding in the nooks and crannies of your boat
  • Using genetic controls for invasive species
  • What gear on your boat is most likely to ensnare spiny waterfleas
  • How to control invasive Phragmites
  • Predicting which lakes are most at risk for invasion to improve prevention
  • How you can get involved in the fight against AIS
  • and much more!

Interact with faculty over lunch, get an inside-peek into our newly renovated lab, hear from MAISRC's newest researchers who are launching projects this summer, and enjoy a reception with appetizers, beer and wine, and posters from MAISRC graduate students.

Lab tours will include research on starry stonewort control, preventing the upstream spread of Asian carp, harnessing pathogens to control common carp, and surveying for zebra mussels underwater.

This is the best opportunity to learn all about MAISRC's research and the latest in AIS management recommendations. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. If you wish to attend a lab tour, please be sure to choose that option when registering.


Eurasian watermilfoil closeup (EWM)



  • (EWM) was detected on Rush Lake during the survey to map the 2014 treatment areas for the invasive curlyleaf pondweed that infests Briggs, Rush and Julia.  

EWM Handpulling bagged plant



  • Make double sure boats, trailers, jet skis, docks, swim platforms, etc. are carefully inspected, properly  cleaned and dried before they are transported from our lakes.  

EWM Handpulling diver


Determining weather there is EWM or Northern milfoil takes practice.

EWM Handpulling

Please learn about identification, prevention and treatment. We need everyone’s help.

Please learn about identification, prevention and treatment. We need everyone’s help.

Oak Wilt

Winter is the time to get the dead oak branches trimmed and removed.


We live in Oak Wilt territory and are in the highest danger season April, May and June for spreading Oak Wilt. While all species of oak can be affected, oaks in the red oak group (oaks with pointed lobes on their leaves) are by far the most susceptible and are probably the most abundant tree in our yards. Northern red and pin oaks can die within two to three months of infection. White oaks are the most resistant and may survive for years after infection. Bur oaks are intermediate and may die within two to three years of infection.

Emerald Ash Borer


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has killed millions of ash trees since 2002.
Minnesota currently has the largest Ash tree population in the United States. 
Don’t move firewood to or from your lake home from long distances.
(You typically can’t see if firewood is infested or not, so why take the risk?)
Emerald Ash Borer is on its destructive path (CLICK HERE FOR KARE 11 STORY) 
It is spreading too!  Now only 6.5 miles east and southeast of Elk River:  (CLICK HERE FOR MAP) 
Early detection is critical to minimizing tree loss and the subsequent loss of environmental benefits.  

Want to help the lakes? Join the AIS Detectors!

Participants in the AIS Detectors program receive expert training on identifying and reporting AIS as well as base aquatic ecology, prevention, MN rules and regulations training and more. Upon completion of the training, participants are asked to provide 25 hours of annual service in the field of aquatic invasive species. This service can take many forms that we generally categorize as Citizen Science, Stewardship, Outreach/Education, and Program Support. This may include activities specific to your lake or lake area such as monitoring for AIS and local outreach/education. Participants choose what form of service suits them best and are free to create grassroots projects or service. You can find more information at

We hope this is an opportunity that may interest you and your members.Click on link to see video or push button for PDF information.

News from around the lakes

  • Aquatic Invasive Species plans
    See 3 lake LID for related information.

More News from Sherburne County Soil and Water

Governor Declared Clean. Drain. Dry !

Governor Dayton Proclaims: Clean Drain Dry Day!

For Immediate Release

May 12, 2018

Under cloak of darkness, in search of the elusive walleye, at 12:01 am Saturday, May 12th, Governor Mark Dayton will cast his line and officially proclaim, Clean Drain Dry Day, signaling the start to the Minnesota Fishing Opener! With over 1.6 million anglers hitting the waters, the Fishing Opener is the perfect opportunity to educate anglers on the importance of invasive species prevention. 

Wildlife Forever recognizes county partners, lake associations and the many organizations and individuals who have united under a common theme of Clean Drain Dry to ensure clean waters, open access and a vibrant outdoor economy. 

The Briggs Lake Chain Association recognizes that Minnesota communities rely on healthy natural resources and citizens engaged in the fight against invasive species. 

Working with partners across the state, Wildlife Forever coordinates community-based outreach, marketing and educational resources to slow the spread of invasive species. 

“Clean Drain Dry unites all Minnesotans. Together, we are making a difference. Over 95% of the public comply with state AIS laws. That’s incredible and proof that what we’re doing is working to keep our lakes and streams healthy”, said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President of Wildlife Forever.   “We are grateful for BLCA working to educate the importance of AIS prevention.”

Minnesota is home to some of America’s finest fishing and boating waters. Clean Drain Dry is simple and only takes a few seconds to do. As the national AIS prevention message, visitors from other states are likely to have seen or heard about it from boat inspectors, on television, or new watercraft cleaning stations. Easy behaviors are also reiterated on highway billboards, print ads, even flyers in bait shops and store front windows. 


Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean. Drain. Dry. all boats, trailers and gear.


What does it mean to have an "impaired" lake?

The definition of impaired for a lake like Julia is to exceed 60ug/liter of phosphorus.

Lake Julia has about 1.48e+9 liters of water. Meaning to be impaired it takes about 196 pounds of the stuff. See why phosphorus is against the law to put on your lawn?