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    Subdivision 1. Establishment. The commissioner shall establish a statewide program to
prevent and curb the spread of invasive species of aquatic plants and wild animals. The program
must provide for coordination among governmental entities and private organizations to the extent
practicable. The commissioner shall seek available federal funding and grants for the program.
    Subd. 2. Purple loosestrife, curly-leaf pondweed, and Eurasian water milfoil programs.
(a) The program required in subdivision 1 must include specific programs to curb the spread
and manage the growth of purple loosestrife, curly-leaf pondweed, and Eurasian water milfoil.
These programs must include:
(1) compiling inventories and monitoring the growth of purple loosestrife and Eurasian water
milfoil in the state, for which the commissioner may use volunteers;
(2) publication and distribution of informational materials to boaters and lakeshore owners;
(3) cooperative research with the University of Minnesota and other public and private
research facilities to study the use of nonchemical control methods, including biological control
methods; and
(4) managing the growth of Eurasian water milfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and purple
loosestrife in coordination with appropriate local units of government, special purpose districts,
and lakeshore associations, to include providing requested technical assistance.
(b) The commissioners of agriculture and transportation shall cooperate with the
commissioner to establish, implement, and enforce the purple loosestrife program.
    Subd. 3. Management plan. The commissioner shall prepare and maintain a long-term plan,
which may include specific plans for individual species and actions, for the statewide management
of invasive species of aquatic plants and wild animals. The plan must address:
(1) coordinated detection and prevention of accidental introductions;
(2) coordinated dissemination of information about invasive species of aquatic plants and
wild animals among resource management agencies and organizations;
(3) a coordinated public education and awareness campaign;
(4) coordinated control of selected invasive species of aquatic plants and wild animals
on lands and public waters;
(5) participation by lake associations, local citizen groups, and local units of government in
the development and implementation of local management efforts;
(6) a reasonable and workable inspection requirement for watercraft and equipment including
those participating in organized events on the waters of the state;
(7) the closing of points of access to infested waters, if the commissioner determines it is
necessary, for a total of not more than seven days during the open water season for control or
eradication purposes;
(8) maintaining public accesses on infested waters to be reasonably free of aquatic
macrophytes; and
(9) notice to travelers of the penalties for violation of laws relating to invasive species
of aquatic plants and wild animals.
    Subd. 4. Inspection of watercraft. The commissioner shall train and authorize personnel to
inspect, for a minimum of 10,000 hours during the open water season, watercraft and associated
equipment, including weed harvesters, for aquatic macrophytes and aquatic invasive species as
the watercraft and equipment leave or are removed from waters of the state during the open
water season.
    Subd. 5. Regional cooperation. The commissioner shall seek cooperation with other
states and Canadian provinces for the purposes of management and control of invasive species
of aquatic plants and wild animals.
    Subd. 6. Annual report. By January 15 each year, the commissioner shall submit a report
on invasive species of aquatic plants and wild animals to the legislative committees having
jurisdiction over environmental and natural resource issues. The report must include:
(1) detailed information on expenditures for administration, education, management,
inspections, and research;
(2) an analysis of the effectiveness of management activities conducted in the state, including
chemical control, harvesting, educational efforts, and inspections;
(3) information on the participation of other state agencies, local government units, and
interest groups in control efforts;
(4) information on the progress made in the management of each species; and
(5) an assessment of future management needs.
    Subd. 7. Contracts for services for emergency invasive species prevention work;
commissions to persons employed. The commissioner may contract for or accept the services
of any persons whose aid is available, temporarily or otherwise, in emergency invasive species
prevention work, either gratuitously or for compensation not in excess of the limits provided by
law with respect to the employment of labor by the commissioner. The commissioner may issue a
commission, or other written evidence of authority, to any person whose services are so arranged
for and may thereby empower the person to act, temporarily or otherwise, in any other capacity,
with powers and duties as may be specified in the commission or other written evidence of
authority, but not in excess of the powers conferred by law. The commissioner of agriculture,
under authority provided by law, shall cooperate with the commissioner in emergency control of
invasive species prevention.
History: 1996 c 385 art 1 s 2; 1999 c 92 s 3; 2004 c 243 s 15-19; 2006 c 281 art 1 s 9;
2007 c 57 art 1 s 32

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