Aquatic Invasive Species Inspector
Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board
As an Invasive species inspector I am on site at the Minneapolis lakes (Harriet, Nokomis, and Bde Maka Ska (formerly Calhoun) making sure that no species not native to those lakes enter them unintentionally. The main focus is the Zebra Mussel but there are other species that can be just as damaging to the ecosystem, that we as a team watch for as well. Every boat that enters the lake via the public access gets thoroughly inspected upon entry and exit. This includes checking to make sure all live wells are drained, plants are removed from boat and trailer, the drain plug is removed, and the boater is aware of the potential threat that the invasive species pose to our precious water resources.