AIS Task Force
In 2011 the Board of Managers of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District decided that it would develop an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program, and the AIS Management Plan would be the basis of that Program. The stated goal of the MCWD AIS Program will be “‘to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS and manage existing AIS within the watershed to a level that does not significantly harm native ecosystems while still maintaining access to public waterbodies.’ While the eradication of existing AIS would be an ideal result, 100% eradication of AIS is highly unlikely once they are introduced to a waterbody.”
The Task Force met throughout 2012 and the beginning of 2013, which led to the Long-Term AIS Management Plan. See the Agendas and Minutes of the Task Force meetings below.
The Board established an AIS Plan Task Force with stakeholders comprised of residents, water-oriented businesses, outdoor recreationists, and policy-maker-level representatives of key local governments. It directed that the Task Force work primarily to develop and recommend a policy-based AIS Management Plan, with an emphasis of what should be in the Plan, rather than how it should be accomplished or implemented. The Board provided a framework for the Task Force to develop the Plan:
Goal 1 – Prevention: Implement procedures and practices to prevent new introductions or dispersal of aquatic invasive species within the District.
Goal 2 – Containment: Develop management strategies to limit the spread of established populations of aquatic invasive species to and from the District.
Goal 3 – Control: Abate, and where possible, eliminate harmful ecological, economic, social and public health impacts resulting from the infestation of aquatic invasive species in the District.
The Task Force was supported by a Technical Advisory Committee, whose members came from the professional staffs of a variety of governmental agencies and academia. They were resources called on individually and collectively to provide information and guidance, and to evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of various management techniques identified by the Task Force.