What are Aquatic Invasive Species?
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are non-native plants, animals, or pathogens that live primarily in water and thrive in their new environment, often out-competing native species and can cause economic loss, environmental damage, and harm to human health.
In Minnesota there are many aquatic invasive plants and animals. Watonwan County lakes and rivers currently have Curly-leaf pondweed and Purple loosestrife. Other well known AIS to be on the look out for but not limited to are Zebra Mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, and Starry stonewart.