In 2002 and 2003, pilot watercraft inspection projects were coordinated by the LMCD, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR), and Lake Minnetonka Association (LMA). Both the LMCD and LMA concluded that the pilot projects demonstrated that inspectors are able to conduct meaningful inspections and to provide a valuable AIS educational message.
Since 2004, the LMCD has coordinated a watercraft inspection program to compliment the inspections conducted by the MN DNR and Three Rivers Park District (TRPD). Inspections have focused primarily on incoming watercraft, however, this has been altered to address outgoing watercraft, as well, due to the discovery of zebra mussel in Lake Minnetonka during the 2010 boating season.
Annual inspections focused on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Two changes implemented in 2015 included contracting with TRPD for the watercraft inspectors and to provide coverage on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Funding partners for this project include the LMCD, MN DNR, Minnehaha Creek Watersed District, and TRPD.
The 2015 LMCD Watercraft Inspection Program Report is offered below. Questions can be directed to the LMCD Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 745-0789.