Interstate Early Detection and Rapid Response

Finding and Responding to Invasive Species

Reports and Resources

Interstate Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention, Early Detection, and Response: Aquatic Plant Pathway Risk Assessment Report (2019)

The assessments in this report are designed to help Great Lakes states and regional partners better understand pathway activity for invasive aquatic plants. Assessment results identify gaps in management, compliance and law enforcement, and education for each pathway. The report can be accessed here.

Review/Summary of Relevant Rapid Response Communication Plans and Protocols (2021)

A summary report of existing communications plans and response plans with communications-specific components. The report can be accessed here. 

Invasive Aquatic Plant surveillance in Great Lakes coastal areas: Sampling design, field procedures, data entry and analysis, and applications (2021)

This report outlines a surveillance monitoring protocol designed to quantitatively assess survey performance for detection of the entire aquatic plant community, including rare and potentially invasive aquatic plants, in Great Lakes coastal areas (ports, harbors, drowned river mouths, estuaries). The report can be accessed here. 

Invasive Aquatic Plant Surveillance in New York Great Lakes Ports (2021-2022)

Survey for this project were conducted through a funding opportunity (F20AP00244) from US Fish and Wildlife Service to the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District, on behalf of the Finger Lakes – Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FLLOWPA) for New York State Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan implementation. Surveys assessed aquatic plant species richness in Buffalo, Oswego and Rochester, New York.



A framework for aquatic invasive species surveillance site selection and prioritization in the US waters of the Laurentian Great Lakes (2020)

The paper describes a spatially-explicit and quantitative approach for identifying the highest risk sites for aquatic invasive species (AIS) introduction into the waters of the Great Lakes. Data was compiled from geospatial metrics available across all of the US waters of the Great Lakes as surrogates for propagule pressure from the dominant AIS pathways. Access the paper here. 

Towards a framework for invasive aquatic plant survey design in Great Lakes coastal areas (2022)

The paper describes the developed, implemented, and then adaptively refined probabilistic boat-based sampling design that aimed to maximize the likelihood of detecting novel IAP incursions in large (400+ hectares) Great Lakes coastal areas. Access the paper here. 

Development of a surveillance species list to inform aquatic invasive species management in the Laurentian Great Lake (2021)

In an effort to harmonize multi-jurisdictional surveillance and detection of aquatic invasive species, regional stakeholders have called for the development of a Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Surveillance Framework to identify species that pose a risk to the basin, quantify the relative risk of various pathways of introduction, provide guidance on monitoring protocols for surveillance, and identify priority locations for surveillance based on this pathway assessment. This paper includes the screening of 448 species to develop a surveillance list of 144 species that are relevant for Great Lakes surveillance: are not yet widespread throughout the basin, have a pathway through which they can arrive, are able to establish and are predicted to cause impacts. Access the paper here.