During the 2014 legislative session, a new county aid program was created to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Washington County received $62,811 in 2014 and $139,581 in 2015, and awarded $189,610 in grants to five entities through an open and competitive request for proposals (RFP) process.
The Minnesota Department of Revenue has certified $139,013 for AIS prevention aid for Washington County in 2016. The county plans to run an RFP process again to award all or a portion of these funds to entities focusing on prevention projects. The RFP is available to those interested in responding.