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.
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.
This report provides an assessment of progress toward harmonization of prohibited AIS in Great Lakes states and provinces over the last decade, including a comparison of current regulated species lists across the Great Lakes basin to regulations that existed in 2012, the first time that a comprehensive list of all regulated aquatic invasive species was compiled for the basin.
This update to the 2003 Wisconsin AIS Management Plan is intended to guide the implementation of prevention, containment and control activities directed at the seven pathways identified as most responsible for the introduction and movement of AIS around the state.
The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study that presents a range of options and technologies to prevent aquatic nuisance species movement between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins through aquatic connections.
This guide contains recommendations and guidelines for the inspection and cleaning of watercraft, trailers and equipment used in aquatic environments, to prevent the introduction and propagation of aquatic invasive species. The activities covered include sport fishing, nautical activities and pleasure boating, and inventories or sampling carried out in aquatic environments.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission seeks to educate the public on how to stop the spread of AIS and enforce regulations on aquatic species banned in Pennsylvania.
An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan's economy, environment, or human health.
No waterway, from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, is immune to the negative impacts of aquatic invasive species, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, along with many state and federal partners, are continually monitoring these risks.
Exotic animal and plant pests are invading Indiana and multiplying, causing economic and visual damage. The Indiana Invasive Species Program encourages everyone to fight back by learning the signs of invasive species, reporting sightings, and taking precautions.
The Illinois Invasive Species Program is designed to help all Illinois residents and visitors gain a better understanding of the impact of invasive species on Illinois’ waterways, wildlands, and agricultural lands.
Invasive plants, animals and pests are taking a toll on Wisconsin's lakes, rivers and landscapes. The Department of Natural Resources is working with citizens and partners to slow the spread of invasive species. Through educational outreach, strategic planning and active management we are protecting our environment and economy from invasives.
The purpose of this state program is to curb the spread and minimize harmful effects of nonnative species that can:
- cause displacement of, or otherwise threaten, native species in their natural communities; or
- threaten natural resources or their use in the state.
With the growing concern over the spread of aquatic invasive species to Wisconsin’s inland lakes, many lake association members and other concerned citizens are looking for ways to get involved. The Clean Boats, Clean Waters watercraft inspection program is an opportunity to take a front line defense against the spread of aquatic invasive species.
The Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! campaign is a call to action that empowers recreational users of aquatic resources in the United States and other countries to help stop the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species through outreach and partnerships.
This program connects pet owners and gardeners to simple steps that can be taken to help protect natural areas of Illinois from the harmful effects of aquatic invaders available in the marketplace.
This program connects recreational boaters and anglers to simple steps that can be taken to prevent the spread of aquatic invaders in Illinois.
The goals of this initiative are to:
Habits, Attitude, and Habitat—together they comprise HabitattitudeTM. This educational campaign with the uncommon name addresses common concerns of private enterprise, state and federal natural resource agencies, and responsible pet owners: protecting our environment from the impacts of invasive species. HabitattitudeTM seeks to inspire and empower people to explore the connection between responsible pet ownership and environmental stewardship.