MAISRC in the News

2021 Starry Trek Recap

October 27, 2021

In August, the AIS Detectors Program team hosted their fifth Starry Trek across Minnesota, and it was once again a huge success for early detection and monitoring efforts. On Saturday, August 21st, 206 volunteers gathered at rendezvous sites throughout the state and searched a total of 281 public accesses on 222 water bodies for starry stonewort and other AIS.


AIS Detectors Volunteer Nearly 3,000 Hours Toward AIS Prevention and Detection in 2020

October 27, 2021

Despite 2020 being an extraordinarily unusual year, AIS Detectors volunteered a total of 2,941 hours toward the prevention and detection of aquatic invasive species across Minnesota this year. 

Coming in with the highest hours was Mary Reuter, with an incredible 576 hours. Mary's dedication earned her the AIS Gold President's Volunteer Service Award from the AIS Detectors Program. 


2021 Research Partnership Award Recipients

October 27, 2021

Four individuals/organizations have been announced as the first ever cohort of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s Research Partnership Award. The award recognizes people, groups, and organizations who have gone above and beyond to contribute to MAISRC's mission of advancing aquatic invasive species knowledge and inspiring action to protect and restore Minnesota’s beloved waters. Honorees include Gabriel Jabbour, Justine Dauphinais, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLRA), and Pelican Lakes Association of Crow Wing County (PLA). 


Pelican Lakes Association of Crow Wing County Honored for Aquatic Invasive Species Research Support

October 6, 2021

BREEZY POINT, Minn. — Pelican Lakes Association of Crow Wing County has been named one of the first ever recipients of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s (MAISRC) Research Partnership Award. The award recognizes people, groups, and organizations who have gone above and beyond to contribute to MAISRC's mission of advancing aquatic invasive species knowledge and inspiring action to protect and restore Minnesota’s beloved waters.


Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates, Jeff Forester, Honored for Aquatic Invasive Species Research Support

October 6, 2021

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates, led by Executive Director Jeff Forester, has been
named one of the first ever recipients of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s (MAISRC)
Research Partnership Award. The award recognizes people, groups, and organizations who have gone above and
beyond to contribute to MAISRC's mission of advancing aquatic invasive species knowledge and inspiring action to
protect and restore Minnesota’s beloved waters.


2021 Research Partnership Award Recipients Announced

October 6, 2021

Four individuals/organizations have been announced as the first ever cohort of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s Research Partnership Award. The award recognizes people, groups, and organizations who have gone above and beyond to contribute to MAISRC's mission of advancing aquatic invasive species knowledge and inspiring action to protect and restore Minnesota’s beloved waters. Honorees include Gabriel Jabbour, Justine Dauphinais, Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates (MLRA), and Pelican Lakes Association of Crow Wing County (PLA). 

  • MAISRC, housed at the University of Minnesota, has grown considerably since its creation in 2012. The Center strives to find real world solutions to reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species on Minnesota’s cherished lakes, rivers, and wetlands. The growth and research findings that have been acquired over the past nine years would not have been possible without the support of dedicated individuals and organizations. In 2021, MAISRC launched the Research Partnership Awards to acknowledge the indispensable role external partners have contributed to the Center’s successes.

Tonka Bay Marina Owner, Gabriel Jabbour, Honored for Aquatic Invasive Species Research Support

October 6, 2021

ORONO, Minn. — Minnetonka business owner, Gabriel Jabbour has been named one of the first ever recipients of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s (MAISRC) Research Partnership Award. The award recognizes people, groups, and organizations who have gone above and beyond to contribute to MAISRC's mission of advancing aquatic invasive species knowledge and inspiring action to protect and restore Minnesota’s beloved waters.


Local Water Resource Coordinator, Justine Dauphinais, Honored for Aquatic Invasive Species Research Support

October 6, 2021

ANOKA, Minn. — Coon Creek Watershed District employee, Justine Dauphinais, has been named one of the first ever recipients of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s Research Partnership Award. The award recognizes people, groups, and organizations who have gone above and beyond to contribute to MAISRC's mission of advancing aquatic invasive species knowledge and inspiring action to protect and restore Minnesota’s beloved waters.


Snails – the Starry Trek find this year

September 27, 2021

Possibly due to summer’s hot and dry weather, snails were prevalent in the finds of Starry Trek participants in the Aitkin area Aug. 21.

Seven volunteers turned out for the local event, splitting into three teams, visiting 10 lakes. The day included instruction on aquatic vegetation, what to look for and how to sample. If volunteers found anything they felt was unusual or suspicious, they collected a sample and brought it back to the starting point, which was Ripple Lake.

The event was led by Penny Stiles, aquatic invasive species detector and Master Naturalist and Janet Smude, district technician with the Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District. Stiles and Smude inspected an additional six area lakes.


U of M aquatic invasive species research focus of online conference

September 20, 2021

Lake lovers and resource managers are invited to attend the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center’s (MAISRC) Annual Research and Management Showcase that is open for registration and fully online this year. Join MAISRC and their researchers on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 online from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Showcase is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest in management and control of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, starry stonewort and zebra mussels.

There should be at least some local interest in this online conference, espeically from those involved in area lake associations, since many of the lakes in Pope County are affected by at least one invasive species.  Lake Minnewaska has infestations of all three, although the starry stonewort was noticed just in the Starbuck marina and has not yet been found in the main lake.  There is a cost, however, of $20 for full-day access.