Big Stone County AIS Board has made education it's number one priority when it comes to AIS. Making sure the citizens are aware of the dangers and consequences of AIS is a big deal. By educating people about AIS they can take their own corrective actions to make sure they are not transporting them. These people will hopefully then educate their peers of how not to transport AIS and why it’s a big deal.
The county’s AIS boat inspectors are a great way to educate the public. It shows watercraft users what they should do to be in compliance of Minnesota law. While inspecting they let the users know what they are looking for and explaining the potential dangers if they don’t. Big Stone county also uses the county fair and expos throughout the year to educate the public.
Where to look for AIS on your boat:
The County also uses some of it’s AIS funds towards the Extension office. The Extension office has created an Aquatic Robotics program for 4-H. The robots are remote controlled and go underwater. They have cameras on them so the kids can see the world beneath the water’s surface. They are taught how to identify AIS and can use the submersibles to find them. Teaching the kid is another great way to educate the public. Whenever the kids go out on the water they will tell their families and friends to clean, drain, dry, and ID AIS.
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