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Aquatic invasive species decontamination training offered

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Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering free training sessions this summer for lake service providers interested in hot water/high pressure decontamination methods to remove aquatic invasive species (AIS) from watercraft.

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Attendees will learn proper decontamination methods and receive hands-on practice using DNR decontamination units that deliver 140 degree water at 2,500 pounds per square inch.

"These special training sessions give lake service providers the skills to be able to offer AIS decontamination services to their customers," said April Rust, DNR invasive species training coordinator.

"Businesses that complete the training will be included on the DNR's new online list of businesses trained in using hot water/high pressure decontamination equipment."

Starting July 1, businesses interested in offering AIS decontamination services must have a DNR service provider permit. To acquire a permit, businesses must attend AIS training, pass the test

and pay a $50 permit and testing fee.

AIS training sessions for lake service providers will be offered in the morning prior to the decontamination trainings listed below:

Thursday, June 13, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Otter Tail County Sheriff's Operation Center, Ottertail. Registration deadline: Friday, June 7.

Wednesday, June 19, 1 to 4:30 p.m., DNR Brainerd area office. Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 12.

Thursday, August 1, 1 to 4:30 p.m., DNR Central Region headquarters, St. Paul. Registration deadline: Thursday, July 18.

Due to the hands-on nature and equipment logistics required for this type of class, the trainings have limited space. Pre-registration is required.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis using the form at files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/permits/lsp/lsp-decon-reg-form.pdf.

The training sessions will be cancelled if minimum class size is not reached.

For more information, visit www.mndnr.gov/lsp. To register, contact April Rust at april.rust@

state.mn.us or (651) 259-5706.

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