Aquatic Invasive Species Laura

Measuring What Matters

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) have an impact on nearly every beneficial aspect of the Great Lakes. Public and private stakeholders recognize that effective AIS prevention and control is needed to protect coastal industries, water quality, ecosystem services, and human health. Federal, state and provincial agencies are making meaningful binational commitments and substantial investments to protect our Great Lakes from harmful AIS. Advised by agency representatives and other partners, Blue Accounting is tracking progress toward our regional goals through efforts to prevent further AIS introduction and spread as well as minimize the harmful impacts of already-established AIS.

What We Do

Blue Accounting provides regional data and information on efforts to:

    • stop species introduction and spread through priority pathways including live trade and recreational boating;
    • implement a, regionally coordinated, binational program to detect new species; and
    • control populations of harmful invasive species across the region.

With the support of Blue Accounting, decision-makers will understand how strategies and investments implemented by many organizations are collectively addressing goals identified in regional plans and agreements, and where critical gaps in investment remain.

What We Measure

Solving a cross-boundary problem requires a coordinated approach using the best available information. Guided by a binational working group of U.S. and Canadian state, provincial and federal representatives, Blue Accounting tracks progress toward shared regional goals for AIS prevention and control.