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


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, 2023 and allowed MAISRC to expand its research and outreach activities.


Additional funding to support our research has been provided by:

  • 2017 Minnesota State Legislature
  • Hennepin County
  • Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
  • Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District
  • Rice Creek Watershed District
  • Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Clean Water Fund
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Park Service
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  • CD3 Cleaning Stations
  • Fletcher Family Foundation
  • MasterCraft Boat Company
  • Brunswick Freshwater Boat Group
  • Brunswick Public Foundation
  • Tonka Bay Marina
  • U.S. Geological Survey

Lakeshore association partners

MAISRC is grateful for the support of lakeshore associations all around the state, who have financially contributed since 2017:

Ada Lake Association • Aerie Lake Environmental Fund • Ann Lake Watershed Alliance • Association of Cass County Lakes • Bass Lake Association • Bay Lake Improvement Association • Becker County COLA • Big Fish Lake Association • Big Marine Lake Association • Briggs Lake Chain Association • Caribou Lake Property Owners Association • Center Lakes Association • Clamshell-Bertha Lakes Association • Clark Lake Conservation 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 Andrusia Watershed Association • Lake Arvilla Improvement Association • Lake Belle Taine 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 • Little Cormorant LAke Association • Lone Lake Property Owners Association • Maple Lake Improvement District • Mule Lake Property Owners Association • North Long Lake Association • Otter Tail Lake Property Owners Association • Pelican Lake Association of Crow Wing County • Pelican Lake Property Owners Association • Spectacle Lake Association • Star Lake Property Owners Association • Stuart Lake Association • Sugar 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 our Communications Specialist, Kristin Loobeek, at Thank you!