The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering a series of lake service provider trainings to help curb the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).There are 25 more training sessions statewide, most in the next three months.
In an effort to help stop the spread of AIS, Minnesota laws require lake service providers to attend a training session and obtain a permit prior to working in state waters. Lake service providers are individuals or businesses that get paid to install, decontaminate, lease, rent or remove water-related equipment in or from public waters.
This training is for commercial lake service providers such as dock and lift companies, marinas, resorts, boat hauling and storage companies, outfitters and irrigators – not the public.
Before a permit is issued, a lake service provider must apply for a permit, pay the application fee, attend a training session and pass a written exam. The permit is valid for three years and service providers must have the permit in their possession while providing services. Employees working under the supervision of a permitted lake service provider only need to complete a free, online lake service provider employee training course.
For more information on lake service provider training, permits and scheduled training sessions throughout the state, visit the DNR lake service provider website at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/index.html