Irrigation contractors not exempt from aquatic invasive species training for lake service providersLake service providers (LSP) are required by law to attend aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and obtain the permit prior to working in waters of the state.
Irrigation contractors who install and remove lake pump equipment and pond aeration equipment are considered lake service providers, along with those who install and remove docks, boats, etc. from Minnesota lakes, streams and rivers.
Lake service providers (LSP) are required by law to attend aquatic invasive species (AIS) training and obtain the permit prior to working in waters of the state.
A training session is scheduled in Alexandria on April 10. The free training will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Public Works Building located at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria.
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 the above-mentioned tasks, a permit will be issued to the service provider.
There are eight LSP trainings scheduled through May. The training locations and dates can be found on the DNR’s website www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/index.html.