Reminder for final lake service provider trainings before ice-out

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding the last round of 2015 aquatic invasive species (AIS) training sessions for lake service providers. The training is required for businesses that install, remove, rent or decontaminate water-related equipment such as docks, lifts, rafts, boats, or sprinkler systems from lakes and rivers in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is holding the last round of 2015 aquatic invasive species (AIS) training sessions for lake service providers. The training is required for businesses that install, remove, rent or decontaminate water-related equipment such as docks, lifts, rafts, boats, or sprinkler systems from lakes and rivers in Minnesota.

Lake service providers such as dock and lift companies, marinas, resorts, boat hauling and storage companies, outfitters and irrigators must attend AIS training and acquire a permit before completing work in Minnesota waters. The $50 permit is valid for three years and must be in possession while providing services.

β€œ2015 is the first renewal year for the permit program, and more than 800 businesses have already completed or registered for one of the 32 trainings offered this year,” said April Rust, AIS training coordinator. β€œThe remaining businesses that still need training have nine more training opportunities around the state.”

In these sessions, lake service providers learn about current AIS laws and how to integrate prevention strategies into their business practices.

Two optional hot-water high-pressure decontamination trainings will also be offered this summer to businesses interested in becoming trained in AIS decontamination.

Visit the DNR website to learn which businesses need a permit. To register, or for more information, contact Rust at april.rust@state.mn.us or 651-259-5706.