Dear MAISRC supporter,
Thank you for your interest in and support of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. We know that you value Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, and wetlands, and that you believe in our efforts to find science-based solutions to aquatic invasive species issues. Now’s the time to speak up and share those thoughts: ask your legislators to support stable, long-term funding for MAISRC.
Earlier today, MAISRC Director Nick Phelps was invited to testify to the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Finance about the importance of MAISRC, the successes we’ve found so far, and the need for stable funding.
While we are very grateful for the support we have received from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, relying on grant-based funding can create challenges for pursuing long-term research solutions. We have the vision and the strategies to solve this problem for Minnesota — but as of now, MAISRC’s funding is set to run out in July 2021. That’s simply too soon to fulfill our goals.
How can you help?
Show your support for MAISRC’s innovative research and outreach programs by contacting your legislators today. Click here to find out who represents you, along with their contact information.
Personalized messages are most effective, but you can use these talking points to get started:
- Research is the way of the future; it is possible to find solutions to our AIS problems
- MAISRC is a valuable resource for management agencies, lake service providers, lakeshore associations, and concerned members of the public around the state
- MAISRC is doing high-quality, independent research that’s critically needed
- The most effective and efficient way to support AIS research in the state is by providing stable, ongoing funding to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center