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
- U.S. Geological Survey
Lakeshore association partners
MAISRC is grateful for the support of lakeshore associations all around the state, who financially contributed in 2017 or 2018:
Ada Lake Association • Aerie Lake Environmental Fund • Ann Lake Watershed Alliance • Association of Cass County Lakes • Bass Lake Association • Bay Lake Improvement Association • Big Marine Lake Association • Briggs Lake Chain Association • Caribou Lake Property Owners Association • Center Lakes Association • Clamshell-Bertha Lakes Association • Clitherall Lake Association • Coon Lake Improvement Association • Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance • Dead Lake Association • Deer Lake Association of Itasca County • Fish Hook Lake and River Association • Forest Lake Lake Association • Gleason Lake Improvement Association • Green Lake Property Owners • Gull Chain of Lakes Association • Kimble Lake Homeowners Association • Koronis Lake Association • Lake Alexander Property Owners' Association • Lake Arvilla Improvement Association • Lake George Improvement District • Lake Hubert Conservation Association • Lake Hubert Conservation Association • Lake L'Homme Dieu Association • Lake Lida Property Owners Association • Lake Melissa & Sallie Improvement Association • Lake Minnewashta Preservation Association • Lake Seven Lake Association • Lake Stella Homeowners Association • Lake Washburn Association • Lake Washington Improvement Association • Lone Lake Property Owners Association • Maple Lake Improvement District • Mule Lake Property Owners Association • North Long Lake Association • Pelican Lake Association of Crow Wing County • Pelican Lake Property Owners Association • Spectacle Lake Association • Ten Mile Lake Association • The Friends of Lower Hay Lake Association • Thunder Lake Association • Wabana Chain of Lakes Association • West McDonald Lake Association • Whitefish Area Property Owners Association • Wright County Coalition of Lake Associations
MAISRC is also supported by donations from private citizens, 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 email@example.com or 612-626-1412. Thank you!