District Awarded AIS Prevention Grant

District Awarded Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Grant

Boy looking through magnifierThe Nine Mile Creek Watershed District was awarded a $15,000 grant from Hennepin County to conduct public education at community events about AIS prevention. The public education will take place in Bloomington (our project partner), with expansion throughout the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District in the future.

The grant will fund the creation of a Pop Up Education Cart, an eye-catching and attention grabbing mobile education cart designed by local artists Amanda Lovelee and Patrick McKennan. The cart will travel to parks, beaches, farmers markets, and various other events throughout the year. A Nine Mile Creek education staff member will host hands-on education activities at the cart that teach about AIS prevention.

Nine Mile Creek received one of fourteen grants awarded by Hennepin County. Hennepin County gave out a total of $320,000 to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Learn more about the awarded grants

Watch for our cart to debut this summer at the following locations in Bloomington, and as summer gets closer, check our calendar for more details.


REI Flagship store

Moir Park

Hyland Park Preserve Play Area


Bloomington Farmers Market

Bush Lake Beach


Bloomington Farmers Market

Richardson Nature Center