Minnesota lake businesses must take aquatic invasive species training

A listing all 2017 training sessions is available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/calendar. Business owners must attend training, apply for a permit and pay a $50 application fee every three years to comply with Minnesota law.When the law and permit began in 2012, it applied only to some resorts and outfitters, along with businesses such as marinas, dock haulers, lawn irrigators and others who install or remove equipment from state waters for hire, said April Rust, DNR aquatic invasive species training coordinator.The law was updated in 2013 to include any businesses that rent any type of boats or other water-related equipment.“That means resorts and campgrounds that offer equipment to their guests like pontoons, fishing boats or kayaks and canoes as a part of their stay, need training on AIS and this permit,” she said. A zebra mussel is on the list of aquatic invasive species that is the focus of an effort to keep them out of lakes and rivers in the region.    Less than 5 percent of Minnesota lakes are on the infested waters list.To register for training or for more information, visit the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov/lsp. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering aquatic invasive species training to owners of lake service provider businesses, so they can legally work in lakes and rivers throughout the state. Lake service provider businesses include resorts, outfitters and campgrounds that rent or lease boats and other water-related equipment. Forum News Service file photo.ST. Eleven AIS training sessions are planned around the state starting this month, and a new online training will be available in March.