Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose a greater threat to the Great Lakes than any other waters system in the world. Invasive species threaten the ecological health of the lakes by competing for food and habitat and disrupting the aquatic food chain. Their spread is also an economic threat, costing Great Lakes communities and businesses millions of dollars each year.

This Blue Accounting pilot program will support and serve established regional efforts to promote collaboration and effective management of AIS. The program will focus both on preventing new species from entering the watershed and better managing established invasive species, modeled on the Great Lakes’ successful sea lamprey management program.

We will facilitate and measure progress toward comprehensive and complementary policies and management practices that ensure healthy, abundant wildlife and a sustainable water-based economy.