Welcome to the ICOLA Website!


Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 7-9pm,

at the Itasca County Courthouse.

Minutes (draft) from our July Meeting have been posted on the Minutes page.


Big AIS Event Coming soon:

Starry Trek
Join us for a day searching for one of Minnesota's newest aquatic invasive species, starry stonewort (and other AIS). Starry stonewort is an invasive algae that was first found in Lake Koronis in 2015 and has since spread to 9 Minnesota lakes. Now we are asking for your help in searching other lakes to better understand its distribution in Minnesota. You can learn more about starry stonewort (click HERE to learn about Starry Stonewort)

Sat, August 5, 2017
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT
Location: Minnesota (Locations Statewide)

Click HERE for more information on the event and to register.
Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center
University of Minnesota Extension



This just released: report on the risk for AIS infestation on 50 Itasca County Lakes:

Itasca_AIS Risk Assessment

Also, take a look at this terribly beautiful U-Tube on AIS:

Itasca and Aquatic Invasive Species

Itasca AIS YouTube Channel


Please have your Lake Association Join (or Renew) ICOLA:  ICOLA-dues-invoice


More Lake News:
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) has partnered with UM Extension to develop an important new program for citizens to become AIS "Detectors."  This is a training program similar to the Master Naturalists and Master Gardeners programs.  It begins with an on-line educational course, and then on to in-person training session.  The session in Grand Rapids will be on June 2, but if interested you should sign up well before then and complete the online course.  The Itasca AIS Program is offering full scholarships to cover the cost.
For more information, see the Detector website:  


SWCD has grants available for shoreland work: SWCD Conservation



County AIS Program:

Please consider applying for an AIS Community Action Project (CAP) matching grant (see below for application).

Background about the AISP can be found here: PSA about Itasca AISP

The Summary and basic budget of the AISP is here:  AISP Summary

The Community Action Projects Aplication is here:  CAP Application

For more information contact Bill Grantges, AISP Coordinator:

Bill Grantges
Twitter: @IC_AIS

  Itasca County AIS Program Facebook page
AIS Program mailing address:  PO BOX 189, Grand Rapids MN 55744

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Our regularly scheduled meetings are the third Wed of Feb, Apr, Jun, Jul, Oct,
at 7:00pm at the County Courthouse.
Our Annual Business meeting in July is in Marcell.


Patty Gould St. Aubin, President  218-259-1603


Bill Grantges, Vice President  218-256-4243

Helen Adamson, Treasurer,

Catherine McLynn, Secretary