[Background sounds of water recreation]
[Kylie:] "We all love to have fun on the water!
Boating, fishing, hunting, and watching birds and other wildlife are some of our favorite pastimes.
Naturally, we want to keep our lakes, rivers and wetlands healthy, so our children and generations to come can enjoy these activities."
[Keegan:] "But, our treasured aquatic resources are in danger! You may have heard of eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels or invasive carp like bighead and silver carp. These are examples of Aquatic Invasive Species, often called AIS, and they threaten to invade and damage our waters."
[Kylie:] "These and other AIS spread in many ways. One of the most common is by hitching rides from a lake or river to another lake or river on or in watercraft and equipment used by boaters, anglers, and others who enjoy water recreation."
[Keegan:] "Once Aquatic Invasive Species get established in a lake or river, it's nearly impossible to get them out. They spread uncontrollably, crowding out native plants, fish, animals and birds. They can damage or clog equipment and harm our favorite places of recreation. And, AIS can cost millions of dollars to manage — and cost millions more in revenue lost by resorts, outfitters and other Minnesota businesses."
[Kylie:] "If you want to hear the story of Ann Latham's personal experience with AIS, click the box at the bottom of your screen."
[Kylie:] "The good news is that less than 5% of Minnesota's waters are infested with AIS –meaning the vast majority are not infested — and we can keep it that way by understanding the threat, knowing how they spread, taking responsibility and working together.
[Keegan:] "We've asked you to take this course so you will know what you can do to prevent the spread of AIS. Minnesota laws require certain precautions, but you will also learn other important ways to keep our waters safe."
[Keegan] This animation illustrates the spread of aquatic invasive species from 2007 through 2014. You can help limit further AIS spread by practicing the procedures you'll learn in this training.