Become an AIS Early Detector!

Our goal is to quickly notice and respond to new aquatic invasive species and prevent full-blown infestations. With more than 180 lakes in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District we need your help to protect these bodies of water in your own backyard and neighborhoods. 

We have developed a guide book that will walk you through how to monitor, what equipment to use, and how to identify a variety of species. The book includes recommendations for a whole suite of monitoring activities though you may choose only a few depending on your time and equipment. MCWD also has a monitoring tool kit available for your use. Being an early detector shouldn't feel like a chore; it is an easy activity and a good excuse to get out on the lake!

If you are interested, contact us below!

AIS Early Detector How-To Guide

The MCWD put together a step-by-step guide on monitoring your lake for invasive species, including details on how to tell a variety of invasive species apart from their similar native counterparts. We make the files available to anyone who wants to use or print the guide. For a print-ready copy, fill out the form below and we will provide the full files. You can also download a smaller, web-friendly version: 

  • Guide for users within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District [PDF]
  • Generic guide for users outside of MCWD [PDF]