ST. PAUL – State Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, encourages area citizens to apply to serve on a statewide advisory committee that helps shape Department of Natural Resources policy regarding aquatic invasive species.
The Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee was formed in 2012 and its members review reports, provide input and participate in eight meetings per year. Advice and recommendations from the 16-member committee and four ex-officio members helps direct the department’s activities aimed at preventing the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, invasive carp, spiny waterflea, and other invasive plants and animals.
"Considering the huge number of lakes in our area, it's important to have informed local representation on this panel," Lueck said. "A strong voice as AIS-related decisions are made is important to our region's environment, recreational opportunities and economy. We need folks from our area helping to make those important decisions."
The DNR is looking for citizens with a wide range of personal and professional experiences to serve on the AIS committee. The panel advises the DNR on AIS prevention, enforcement activities, eradication, public awareness and other aspects of AIS prevention and control.