Invasive species classes April 2
Lake Service Providers are required by law to attend Aquatic
Invasive Species (AIS) training and obtain the permit prior to working
in waters of the state. A training session is scheduled in Grand
Marais on April 2 from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at Gunflint
Northwood’s Outfitters, 143 Gunflint Lake. Lake Service Providers
should act now and be sure to attend the training session and obtain
a permit before performing work this spring.
State laws passed in 2011 aim to help prevent the spread of AIS
between waters in the state. They also require service providers to
apply for a permit, pay the $50 application fee, attend training in
person and pass a test. Upon completion of all mentioned tasks a
permit will be issued to the service provider.
Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources (DNR), Minnesota Waters is conducting statewide trainings
for businesses that install and remove water recreation equipment. The
training sessions provide the information needed to understand and
pass the required test. In addition, service providers are taught how
to integrate AIS prevention strategies into their business. Additional
training sessions are scheduled for various locations across the state
through April. The schedule of training locations and dates are being
updated periodically and service providers should check the Minnesota
Waters’ website (www.minnesotawaters.org) for the list of scheduled
training sessions and future additions.
Information about the service provider training and permitting can
be found on the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/index.html). The
service provider permit, which will be valid for three years, must be
in possession while providing any services. Persons who work for a
permitted service provider must take an online training prior to
working in waters of the state. The online training for the employees
is available on the DNR website.