The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s establishment and initial research has been possible with significant funding through the Legislature from the State’s Clean Water Fund and the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, as recommended by the Legislative Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). MAISRC needs to leverage these funds in order to find solutions to Minnesota’s AIS problems: support from private donors is essential! Here are two recent examples:
When researchers needed to buy underwater transducers (see Researchers start assembling an experimental Bigheaded (‘Asian’) carp deterrent system, above) ahead of the time that new ENRTF funds would be available, private citizens stepped forward to provide financial support. Together with reprogrammed existing funds approved by LCCMR, we were able to meet our goal and get the transducers purchased.
Dr. McCartney was able to both purchase specialized equipment for his research and get a head start on his sampling season (see Zebra mussel research launched, above), thanks in large part to the support of private individuals and a generous lake association.
Private donations can make a difference! If you or your organization has an interest in helping to advance the Center’s efforts to find solutions to AIS problems, please contact Becca Nash, Associate Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612.624.7785.
Thank you to all our supporters and partners for helping to make the Center’s work possible!