ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MN– The St. Louis County commissioners approved more than $657,000 of state money in order to help fight aquatic invasive species (AIS) in St. Louis County.
County officials say a total of $657,000 will be used to help fund eight separate projects in the county after a review by the County’s Planning and Community Development Department.
The amount of funding from the state was based on a formula that takes into consideration each county’s share of watercraft trailer launches and watercraft trailer parking spaces.
Approved projects include the following:
- $378,000 to the North Soil and Water Conservation District to manage watercraft inspections, decontaminations and public education on Burntside, Shagawa, Pelican, Ely, Kabetogama, and Vermilion Lakes.
- $75,000 to Wildlife Forever for marketing efforts aimed at public education.
- $60,000 to Community Action Duluth to continue eradication efforts on nonnative phragmites in the St. Louis River.
- $36,000 to Vermilion Lake Association for continued watercraft inspections and cleaning, and early detection and response efforts.
- $17,000 to Grand Lake Township for boat inspections on Caribou Lake.
- $16,000 to the Burntside Lake Association to expand training of boat inspectors and various public outreach efforts.
- $15,000 to Canosia Township to fund inspections and public education on Pike Lake and Caribou Lake.
- $10,000 to the City of Duluth for maintenance and outreach relation to the CD3 (Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose) station at Munger Landing on the St. Louis River.
In addition, St. Louis County will hold $50,000 in a reserve account to address urgent needs that may arise.