Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DNR offers free decontamination trainings for lake service provider businesses

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering two trainings in June for lake service provider businesses interested in learning hot-water/high-pressure decontamination methods to remove aquatic invasive species (AIS). Participants will receive hands-on practice cleaning boats using the specialized equipment.

“This is our third year offering free decontamination training to lake service providers,” said April Rust, DNR invasive species training coordinator. “The class helps businesses gain the skills they need – and learn the tricks of the trade – to provide AIS decontamination services to their customers.”

Businesses that complete the training will be included in the DNR’s online list of lake service providers trained to use hot-water/high-pressure decontamination equipment.

The two trainings have limited space and require pre-registration. They are scheduled on:
  • June 16 (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Northland Arboretum, Brainerd.
  • June 25 (10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Tonka Bay Marine, Tonka Bay.
The registration deadline is one week prior to each training. Classes will be cancelled if the registration minimum is not reached.

To register, or get more information about decontamination training, contact April Rust, AIS training coordinator, april.rust@state.mn.us, or 651-259-5706 or 888-646-6367.

If a business does not have its lake service provider permit yet, they should visit the DNR’s registration page at www.dnr.state.mn.us/lsp/mandatory.html to sign up for training and a permit.