St. Louis County Commissioners have put they money where their mouth is in regards to fighting aquatic invasive species.  At a recent meeting, they approved funding that totals more than $420,000 to be used to fight and limit the spread throughout the counties lakes and rivers.

County commissioners depend upon the information they glean from their Planning and Community Development Department.  Five projects were singled out for total funding.  They include:

  • $23,441 to the Sportsmen's Club of Lake Vermilion.  These funds will be used to assess the habitat in Eagle's Nest Township and East Two Rivers.
  • $45,000 to the City of Babbitt.  The city will use the funds to construct a new boat access at Birch Lake.  The new design will make it easier for boaters to clean their vessels before they leave the area.
  • $102,500 to Wildlife Forever. The organization will use these funds to target and educate outdoor enthusiasts.
  • $10,00 to Canosia Township.  The township will utilize their funds to set up an aquatic invasive species education and inspection program.
  • $189, 857 to Burntside Lake.  The Lake Association will use their funds to expand launch site inspections and provide decontamination facilities.

Additionally, St. Louis County will use $50,000 to address unknown seasonal variations in the spread of aquatic invasive species.


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