Free DNR decontamination trainings for lake service provider businesses

(Released June 5, 2014)

The DNR is offering two trainings this summer for lake service provider (LSP) businesses interested in learning how to remove aquatic invasive species (AIS) using hot-water/high-pressure decontamination methods. Participants will receive hands-on practice cleaning boats using the specialized equipment.

“This is our second year offering decontamination training to lake service providers,” said April Rust, DNR invasive species training coordinator. “The class helps businesses gain the skills they need – and learn the tricks of the trade – to provide AIS decontamination services to their customers.”

Businesses that complete the training will be included on the DNR’s online list of lake service providers trained to use hot-water/high-pressure decontamination equipment.

The two trainings have limited space and require pre-registration. They are scheduled on:

• June 18 (1-4:30 p.m.), DNR Brainerd area office, Brainerd.
• Aug. 6 (1-4:30 p.m.), Tonka Bay Marine, Tonka.

Registration deadline is one week prior to each training. Classes will be cancelled if the registration minimum is not reached.

To register, or get more information, contact Rust at april.rust@state.mn.us or call 651-259-5706 or 888-646-6367.

If a lake service provider business does not have an LSP permit yet, basic LSP training is offered in the morning before the decontamination training sessions. Visit the LSP registration page to sign up for training and a permit.