The resources listed below include plans and publications related to aquatic invasive species (AIS) that may be useful to GLP members and observers.

Model Management Plans and Guidance

This document was presented to the Great Lakes states and provinces to advance interjurisdictional consistency for the prevention and control of nonindigenous aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Although prepared specifically for the Great Lakes states and provinces, the model guidance also has applications for other jurisdictions in the region and beyond.

This document was presented to the Great Lakes states as guidance in developing comprehensive state management plans under Section 1204 of the federal Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act (P.L. 101-646). Although prepared specifically for the Great Lakes states, this model plan also has application for other states and Canadian provinces.

State Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plans

ANS Update: News on Aquatic Invasions from the Great Lakes Commission

These newsletters each contain a feature article (title and authors noted) as well as updates on Great Lakes basin states and provinces activities related to AIS, the Great Lakes Panel on ANS, the ANS Task Force, and federal activities related to AIS.

  • Volume 18, No. 1 (Fall 2014)
    Phragmites Collaborative Produces Positive Results
    Katherine Hollins, Heather Braun, and Elizabeth Lillard, Great Lakes Commission
  • Volume 17, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2012)
    Prevention Pays: Legislation Introduced to Stop the Next Generation of Imported Invaders
    Jennifer Nalbone, Great Lakes United
  • Volume 16, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2010)
    News from the Battlefield: the Latest Developments in the War Against Asian Carp
    Anjali Patel, Erika Jensen, and Kathe Glassner-Shwayder, Great Lakes Commission
  • Volume 15, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2009)
    Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funds Invasive Species Work
    Kristina Donnelly, Erika Jensen, and Kathe Glassner-Shwayder, Great Lakes Commission
  • Volume 14, No. 1 (Spring/Summer 2008)
    Ballast Water and Saltwater Flushing: Closing a Gap in the Protection Framework for the Great Lakes
    David Reid, Ph.D., National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Volume 13, No. 2 (Fall 2007)
    Workshop Series Provides a Catalyst for State ANS Management Plans
    Erika Jensen, Great Lakes Commission
  • Volume 13, No. 1 (Spring 2007)
    VHS – The Viral Invader
    Gary Whelan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Earlier editions of the ANS Update can be obtained by emailing Erika Jensen

Other Publications

This document provides a historical perspective and current status report on how Chicago waterways system has evolved as a primary vector for aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Although the main focus is on the threat of Asian carp invading the Great Lakes, there is also discussion on the interbasin exchange of all aquatic invasive species. The policy developments and underlying solutions to the problem with a specific focus on permanent separation of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins are also addressed.

This action plan promotes a unified and aggressive regional agenda that showcases and advances ongoing efforts to develop and implement comprehensive ANS state and provincial management plans, which are the primary mechanisms for ANS prevention and control efforts in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region at this time. It calls for regional and global approaches to ANS prevention and control; a primary emphasis on prevention of new introductions; interjurisdictional cooperation; comprehensive multi-disciplinary research; and a coordinated and responsive management structure. Augmenting the Action Plan is an Addendum adopted by the Great Lakes Panel which presents specific objectives and strategic actions designed to realize the Action Plan goals. Categories include management programs; research and monitoring; and information, education and collaboration.

This document is designed as an information resource in the development of regional policy on the prevention and control of Great Lakes nonindigenous invasive species (NIS). It was initially prepared for stakeholders participating in the regional workshop Great Lakes Nonindigenous Invasive Species, hosted by the U.S. EPA and the Great Lakes Commission in October 1999.

This proceedings document of the symposium Looking Forward, Looking Back: Assessing Aquatic Nuisance Species Prevention and Control, which took place in Ann Arbor, Michigan in May, 2001, includes the full symposium agenda and appendices.

These documents present the full proceedings (including agenda and attendees list) as well as the findings and recommendations from the April 1999 symposium sponsored by the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.

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