Pennsylvania outlines actions to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.
The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative is developing an adaptive management strategy called The Phragmites Adaptive Management Framework (PAMF). This framework will change the way Phragmites management is done throughout the Great Lakes basin and lead to approaches that maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of Phragmites management.
GLANSIS is an inter-agency, Great Lakes-specific database for Aquatic Nonindigenous Species (ANS) information.
Through the Aquatic Invasive Species Annex of the 2012 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the United States and Canada have committed to “… contribute to the achievement of the General and Specific Objectives of this Agreement. Through this Annex the Parties shall establish a binational strategy to prevent the introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), to control or reduce the spread of existing AIS, and to eradicate, where feasible, existing AIS within the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.”
The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors’ & Premiers’ Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force works to stop the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. Since its inception, the Task Force has coordinated State and Provincial efforts to combat AIS through strategic regional action.
Developed annually since 2010, the action plan is designed to prevent the spread of invasive Asian carp in the Great Lakes. The action plan incorporates advances in the most current science making it a continually evolving foundation for the work of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (ACRCC) partnership — a collaboration of 27 U.S. and Canadian federal, state, and provincial agencies and organizations.
AsianCarp.us provides up-to-date information on ongoing efforts to prevent Asian carp from becoming established in the Great Lakes and beyond. We invite you to learn more about the work of federal, provincial, state and local partners as we join together to prevent the spread of these destructive fish.
The Invasive Mussel Collaborative was established to advance scientifically sound technology for invasive dreissenid mussel control to produce measurable ecological and economic benefits. The Collaborative provides a framework for communication and coordination, and works to identify the needs and goals of resource managers, prioritize the supporting science, and align science and management goals into a common agenda.
The Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species coordinates education, research, management and policy efforts to prevent new AIS from entering the basin and to control and mitigate those AIS populations already established. The Great Lakes Panel is one of six regional panels that report to the federal Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, which coordinates AIS efforts on a federal level.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) proactively established an agency-wide Invasive Species Team to develop and implement the DCNR Invasive Species Management Plan. The plan, based on results of two surveys administered to DCNR land managers and program staff (2004 and 2010), provides broad strategies and recommendations for invasive species prevention, survey and detection, and control. It also addresses appropriate habitat restoration, staff training and public outreach and education.
The Pennsylvania Office of the Great Lakes webpage hosts information on their programming. The PA Office of the Great Lakes conducts extensive water quality monitoring of Lake Erie and its tributaries, and coordinates with other state, county, and local government entities, as well as non-governmental organizations, to develop policies and programs that reduce pollutants and support public health.
This project develops guidance for water system professionals to effectively communicate information about contaminants of emerging concerns to the public.
The ASDWA represents state drinking water programs, which is typically where source water protection programs reside.
The AMWA is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States that identifies source water protection as one of its top priorities.
The ACWA consists of state, interstate, and territorial officials who are responsible for the implementation of surface water protection programs throughout the United States. In addition to policy and advocacy work, ACWA provides toolkits to assist state water quality regulators with nutrient management activities.
The Water Research Foundation provides information and resources including a source water protection cost/benefit tool that is designed to evaluate different protection strategies.
The Pennsylvania Wellhead Protection Plan outlines implementation of wellhead protection, including area delineation, contaminant identification, contingency planning, and management approaches.
The AWWA maintains the Source Water Protection Resources Community which informs the water industry about current resources, tools, issues, and developments related to source water protection. The AWWA is an international, nonprofit scientific organization focused on water management. The National organization includes over 50,000 members, including water providers, scientists, regulators and consultants. Each state has its own AWWA Section.
The Pennsylvania Source Water Protection program webpages provides information on Pennsylvania's source water protection programs, and links to GIS data and community source water assessments.
The Pennsylvania AWWA provides resources to assist communities in managing and protecting drinking water resources.