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Proposed Aquatic Invasive Species Program Creates Waves
A proposed program to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota waters is creating a lot of debate over the effectiveness and costs.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is considering a plan to require anyone wanting to put a watercraft, dock, boat ramp, or other equipment in a body of water within the district must demonstrate that it is free of AIS. In order to do that, a proposition has been made to require people to pay to have their equipment inspected and decontaminated if needed.

Minnesota currently has some good laws prohibiting the transfer of AIS but without proper enforcement they lack effectiveness.

 
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Federal Permit Required for use of Aquatic Pesticides - The EPA has approval of the courts to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which will require the filing of permits, along additional record-keeping and reporting requirements for point source discharges of biological and chemical pesticides that leave a residue. This included the operators that use pesticides for weed and algae control.


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