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Become an Aquatic Invasive Species Detector!

posted Mar 1, 2017, 6:18 PM by Keith Gilbert
The University of MN Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center is recruiting volunteers to be "Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors". Are you interested? It would be excellent if someone on Lake Johanna signed up for this. We could really use a local, trained expert to help us with early identification of nuisance and invasive aquatic plants. 

According to their Web site:

"If you are a concerned, motivated citizen over the age of 18 who wants to learn more about AIS and do your part to protect Minnesota’s precious lakes, this program is for you!

After being certified as an AIS Detector, you’ll serve a critical role by helping the DNR respond to reports of possible AIS, weeding out false positives, being on the lookout for new infestations, and providing outreach to your community.

By joining this network of citizen scientists, you’ll receive high-quality, scientist-reviewed training, build your skills in AIS identification and reporting, and become part of the solution to AIS problems in Minnesota."

There is a $175 fee for the training that the program provides. The LJIS will underwrite the fee if someone on Lake Johanna participates in this program. Contact a Board Member if you are interested in participating.