An invasive species may already be recorded for your lake or waterbody. If you know what species you have, you can check the infested waters list to see if it is already recorded. If the invasive species is already recorded for your waterbody, there is no need to submit a report.
The main species of concern are Prohibited, Regulated, or Unlisted invasive aquatic plants) or Early Detection Aquatic Plants.
Invasive Species known to be in Minnesota. These are invasive species that are known to be in Minnesota waters, but their distribution is still limited.
Invasive Species not known to be in Minnesota waters (some are legal for aquariums and watergardens, see what every watergardener should know). No aquatic plants should be released into Minnesota waters.
Note where you found the plant (where on the lake, which access, near which road, if you have a GPS unit, you could take GPS coordinates).
If you have a digital camera, take photos of the plants. Include close-ups of the leaves, their attachment to the stem, and any flowering structures that might be present.
When making a collection of an aquatic plant:
* If it turns out you don’t need to submit the sample to a DNR invasive species specialist, please dispose of the sample properly by sealing the aquatic plant in a plastic bag and disposing of it in the trash.
Do you know what you have? Resources:
Need more help with identification? Your local invasive species specialist can help you with identification.
Contact the specialist and email your photos. If you made a collection, they may ask you to deliver it to them.
If the species is one that should be reported and hasn't been reported for your waterbody, then contact your local invasive species specialist.