According to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are threatening Minnesota waters.
Invasive species are defined as a nonnative species that: (1) causes or may cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health; or (2) threatens or may threaten natural resources or the use of natural resources in the state.
These nonnative species harm fish populations, water quality, and recreation. Goodhue County will create a plan to organize efforts to prevent the spread of harmful AIS within Minnesota. Minnesota statute 477A.19 provides Minnesota counties a County Program Aid grant for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) prevention. The amount designated for each county is based on the number of watercraft trailer launches as well as the number of watercraft trailer parking spaces within each county.