Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
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Version OptionsAquatic Invasive Species (AIS)HeadlineIs your lake infeAquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals, or pathogens that live primarily in water and thrive in their new environment, often out-competing native species. Well known AIS include: zebra mussels, curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasion watermilfoil, spiny waterflea, and starry stonewart. AIS management has quickly become one of the County’s biggest challenges. Although the scenario varies by lake and by species, it is clear that the easiest and most cost effective method is prevention.
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Where are decontamination stations located?
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Decontamination stations are available to boaters free of charge, with priority given to boaters who have been referred for decontamination by watercraft inspectors or law enforcement present on area landings. Crow Wing County staffs a permanent decontamination located in Crosslake and a mobile decontamination unit that the location of varies each weekend to better serve the residents and visitors of Crow Wing County.
Text --> CWCDECON to 1-833-258-7509 for mobile decontamination locations
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2022 Decontamination Stations
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Starry Trek Event (Starry Stonewort)
Crow Wing County has hosted "Starry Trek" events the last three years, and plans to do so again in 2022. Starry Stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to seventeen Minnesota lakes. A huge thank you to all volunteers that have participated in the search for Starry Stonewort. These events have been successful and a great learning experience! No Starry Stonewort has been found during Starry Trek in Crow Wing County! Please watch for more information to come on this years' Starry Trek!
- Starry Stonewort Factsheet
- 2021 Starry Trek Volunteers
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- University of Minnesota article on Crow Wing County's program
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- CWC AIS Infested Waters List (PDF)*as of 10/28/21 Opens a New Window.
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More information on these objectives can be found in the 2013 to 2023 Crow Wing County Water Plan (PDF)
Crosslake Decon Demo *download