Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District talk about AIS inspectors, shoreland buffers

Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District talk about AIS inspectors, shoreland buffers

May 25, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (5/25/21)

(Aitkin, MN) — With the boats in the water and the weather turning towards the summer, the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District is running full steam ahead with lake inspectors, projects, and other initiatives to help land and water persevere.

District Manager Steve Hughes spoke about the need for Aquatic Invasive Species inspectors for the over 300 lakes in Aitkin County.

Hughes also reminded those who are going to be selling or have bought a dock, to keep it out of the water beyond the 21 days required by the State of Minnesota for the County’s “Bounty” program.

The Conservation District is also working on no-till shoreland buffers and land restoration throughout Aitkin County.

The recent addition of a drone has given the District a new piece to develop forest stewardship planning.

Hughes also spoke about AIS decontamination units, boat towels to be handed out at lake accesses, gravel pit certifications, and more with our full conversation which can be heard here: