Aquatic Invasive Species in Cass County

Cass County AIS Resources

AIS Prevention and Management Plan

The Cass County Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Managment Plan has been approved by the county board on March 3rd, 2020.

“Since 2014, the Cass County AIS Task Force has been pulling together as a team to aggressively plan and implement strategies to prevent all forms of aquatic invasive species from entering our public waters by educating, inspecting watercraft, and decontaminating boats and trailers leaving infested waters,” reports Levy Bergstrom, Cass County ESD/Soil and Water Conservation District.  “Our goal is to prevent infestations from occurring and manage those waters that are infested and we need your help.”

AIS Task Force Mission Statement

The mission of the Cass County Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Task Force is to collaborate on the development, enhancement and implementation of a comprehensive County-Wide AIS Prevention and Management Plan to progressively work towards minimizing the spread of AIS throughout Cass County and the State of Minnesota. “

Cass County works closely with ACCL to minimize the potential spread of AIS throughout the county and the state. Please visit Association of Cass County Lakes website and see what they are about.

Starry Trek Event (Starry Stonewort)

For the 3rd year in a row, Cass County hosted a "Starry Trek" on Saturday August 21, 2021. Starry Stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Minnesota in Lake Koronis in 2015, and has since spread to nineteen Minnesota lakes. A huge thank you to all the volunteers that participated in the search for Starry Stonewort the past 3 years, and we hope to see you again next year!

Starry Stonewort ID

Starry Trek Protocol

What actions can you take to prevent Aquatic Invasive Species

Licensed Lake Service providers in Cass County

Cass County Inspector Program

Cass County hires roughly 30 inspectors each spring through PenMac a hiring agency in Brainerd, MN. Inspectors are disbursed throughout the county conducting inspections at up to fifty lake accesses.
If you are interested in becoming a inspector for Cass County Please visit:

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 Cass County Decontamination Station

Decontamination Location Map

Minnesota Infested Waters List and Map