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County focuses on education regarding AIS

McLeod County Environmental Services has been working the past two years to educate the public on the issue of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in area waterways.
 
On Tuesday, June 21, the McLeod County Board heard an update on the success of that public education program, aided in part by a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
 
Emily Gable, an environmental technician for the county, said that while some local governments chose to put grant funding toward enforcement, McLeod County chose to focus on education.
 
Aquatic invasive species are primarily weeds which migrate from lake to lake after becoming attached to boat trailers and other vehicles. They spread rapidly in lakes, choking out sunlight and impacting the water quality. One of the most commonly known species is Eurasian Milfoil.
 
Gable said the county has tried multiple ways to educate the public on the AIS problem.
 
For more see the June 29 print edition of The Chronicle.