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Becker County Supports AIS Educators (Special County Commission Mtg - May 21, 2013)

County Commissioners approved a resolution on Tuesday allowing the County to enter into memorandums of understanding (MOU) with county townships and/or lake associations to hire seasonal AIS educators. The County would handle the hiring and insurance requirements of such educators as well as processing their payroll. The lake associations and/or townships will cover the hourly cost of such employees. Detroit Lakes has also expressed an interest in joining the program.

The County has also retained an AIS coordinator and two AIS enforcement deputies for the upcoming boating season.

Becker County Selects Contractor for AIS Coordination Services  (May 20, 2013)

Scott Haugen joins the County's battle against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) as the County has contracted with him to perform AIS Coordination Services.

Haugen has a Master's in Public Policy, with concentration in environmental policy, from Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. His work experience includes the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Voyageurs National Park Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Haugen's graduate research included AIS and water quality. In this contracted position with Becker County he will develop an AIS rapid response plan, annual AIS management plan, assess lakes susceptible to AIS, prioritize enforcement, develop a lake rating/risk rating system, and identify new funding sources. Haugen begins his work this week. 

Becker County Hires 2 Seasonal AIS Enforcement Deputies (May 15, 2013)

Becker County continues to take steps in the fight against Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in our County with the hiring of 2 Seasonal AIS Enforcement Deputies.   CLICK HERE to read the news release

                                       Sheriff AIS SUV - May 2013

Lake Advocates Unhappy with Becker County Board  (DL Newspaper - Wednesday, May 15, 2013)
Zebra mussels reared their ugly little heads at the Becker County Board meeting Tuesday. Members of the county’s aquatic invasive species task force sparred with county officials over whether thecounty is doing enough to keep zebra mussels and other aquatic invaders out of county lakes. Specifically, they want the county tojoin neighboring counties in signing a boat inspection "delegationagreement" with the DNR. That would free up state funding and enable the DNR to work with Becker Countyin other ways. Click here to read the enire article