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.