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Hennepin County Awards Grants to Prevent Aquatic Invasive Species

Apr 01, 2019 05:46AM ● By Wendy Erlien

Fish Lake (photo provided by Maple Grove Voice)

Grants totaling $176,000 were recently awarded by Hennepin County to area organizations to help prevent spread of aquatic invasive species on more than 20 lakes throughout the county. 

The aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention grants will allow organizations to use the funding to train volunteers to "detect AIS early in lakes, expand inspections and outreach at public lake accesses, install boat cleaning stations, and fund research and education," according to Hennepin County. 

Among the grant recipients was Three Rivers Park District.  The organization received $40,000 to provide inspections on six lakes including Fish Lake (Maple Grove), Medicine (Plymouth) and Bryant lakes (Eden Prairie) and on Lake Minnetonka. It will also provide lower-intensity inspection efforts at Lower Twin Lake (Robbinsdale) and Little Long Lake (Minnetrista).

Other 2019 grant recipients includes:
  • Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission ($10,000)  
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities ($20,000)
  • Christmas Lake Homeowners Association ($10,000)
  • Fortin Consulting Inc. ($23,000) 
  • Lake Minnetonka Conservation District ($20,000)
  • Lake Sarah Improvement Association ($22,000)
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board ($8,000)  
  • Wayzata Sailing Foundation ($14,000)  
  • Wildlife Forever ($9,000)

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