Lake Minnetonka Conservation District

AIS & Aquatics


AIS & Aquatics

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) has been a leader in the management and prevention efforts concerning AIS in Lake Minnetonka. The two main aquatic invasive species (AIS) that the LMCD has focused on over the years are Eurasian watermilfoil and Zebra Mussels. Early activities included watercraft inspections and decontamination, harvesting program, monitoring special events, supporting research, and public education activities, The LMCD has coordinated efforts with several agencies to form the AIS Task Force, which evaluates AIS prevention and management techniques. Learn more about AIS and the LMCD’s efforts through the pages linked below.

Aquatic Invasive Species

Lake Minnetonka Vegetation and AIS Master Plan

The LMCD is taking new steps to identify, prevent, and manage Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) threats on Lake Minnetonka.

AIS Prevention and Management Programs

The LMCD has been involved in three main programs concerning management and prevention of AIS. These include:

Native & Aquatic Invasive Species in Lake Minnetonka

Five aquatic invasive species have been identified in Lake Minnetonka, including Zebra Mussels, Eurasian Watermilfoil, Curly-leaf Pondweed, Flowering Rush, & Purple Loosestrife.