2019 AIS Prevention Plan Priorities
#1. Prevent new AIS infestations, especially starry stonewort and hybrid watermilfoil.
- Habitat Evaluation and Risk Assessment. To prioritize and focus resources, update our understanding of Lake Vermilion’s risk level for all new and existing threats.
- Inspections at Public and Private Accesses. Expand our inspection and education activities at all launch sites, both public accesses and private resort, campground and marina accesses.
- Boat Decontamination. Provide decontamination services at both ends of the lake to support inspectors at public and private accesses. Locate the decon units at high-traffic public accesses for L1/L2 staffing efficiency. In future years, develop low-cost solutions for cleaning and draining boats and equipment at remote resorts, marinas and campgrounds.
- Traffic Analysis. Using data from access sensors and existing inspection surveys, develop a model to predict launch traffic by hour at each public access throughout the season. Deploy L1/L2 inspectors based on traffic predictions to increase efficiency. Update traffic projections and adjust model as actual traffic data become available.
- Public Awareness and Education. Expand our public awareness and education activities, with special focus on boaters who may launch watercraft at Lake Vermilion.
- Regional and Statewide Partnership Development and Sharing. Exchange information with AIS prevention leaders statewide. Build partnerships to share resources among COLAs, lake associations and local Lake Vermilion stakeholders, including local government units, tribal governments, businesses and civic organizations.
#2. Detect any new infestations early, when AIS control options are most effective.
- Monitor Existing Invasive Vegetation. Biennially evaluate known infestations of curly-leaf pondweed. Monitor native vegetation known to frequently co-exist with serious invasives, especially those stands near invasive entry points.
- Early Detection at High-Risk Accesses. Expand sentry early detection to cover all public and private accesses. Support the access sentries using AIS Detectors as coaches and identification experts.