Mandatory training for Lake Service Providers May 3

Lake Service Providers are required by law to attend Aquatic 
Invasive Species (AIS) training and obtain the permit prior to working 
in waters of the state.  For their convenience, a training session is 
scheduled in Grand Marais on May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 
Cook County Community Center. Lake Service Providers should act now 
and be sure to attend the training session and obtain a permit before 
performing work this spring.
  Irrigation contractors who install/remove lake pump equipment and 
pond aeration equipment are considered Lake Service Providers - along 
with those who install/remove other water-related equipment (docks, 
boats, etc.) that is capable of containing or transporting Aquatic 
Invasive Species (AIS), aquatic plants, or water from Minnesota lakes, 
streams and rivers.
  State laws passed in 2011 aim to help prevent the spread of AIS 
between waters in the state.  They also require service providers to 
apply for a permit, pay the $50 application fee, attend training in 
person and pass a test. Upon completion of all mentioned tasks a 
permit will be issued to the service provider.
  Through a partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural 
Resources (DNR), Minnesota Waters is conducting statewide trainings 
for businesses that install and remove water recreation equipment. The 
training sessions provide the information needed to understand and 
pass the required test. In addition, service providers are taught how 
to integrate AIS prevention strategies into their business.
Information about the service provider training and permitting can be 
found on the DNR website (www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/index.html). The 
online permit application for service provider businesses is available 
on the DNR website.  The service provider permit, which will be valid 
for three years, must be in possession while providing any services. 
Persons who work for a permitted service provider must take an online 
training prior to working in waters of the state.  The online training 
for the employees is available on the DNR website.