Aquatic invasive species issues are massive; solutions will require not only scientific advancement but also personal responsibility, adaptation of norms, informed policy, and effective agency management. MAISRC is one piece of this puzzle. It is essential that we work together with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, watershed districts, and other agency partners; natural resource professionals; lake associations; and others to understand the problems of AIS and to create and promulgate the knowledge needed to solve them.

Key among our partners are:

  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • Sea Grant Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Informatics Institute


MAISRC was founded in 2012 with funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) and the Clean Water Fund. This initial funding was for research on Asian carp, common carp, VHSv, and zebra mussels; lab and facility renovations; outreach; and core operations. Additional funding from the ENRTF has provided core operational funding through June 30, 2021 and allowed MAISRC to expand its research and outreach activities.


Additional funding to support our research has been provided by:

  • Hennepin County
  • Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
  • Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
  • National Science Foundation
  • University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment
  • U.S. Geological Survey

You can find more detail about our funding, including a breakdown of funding per species, in this document.


MAISRC is also supported by donations from private citizens, lake associations, corporations, and foundations. These donations make a big difference by allowing MAISRC to respond quickly and with flexibility to emerging AIS issues and needs.  Help is also needed for travel to scientific meetings, publication costs, capital equipment, and for visiting scholars.

If you or your organization is interested in helping advance our efforts to find solutions to AIS problems, please contact Communications Specialist Christine Lee at or 612-626-1412. Thank you!