Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan
This action-based, strategic plan updates DEC's "Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Management Plan," which was written in 1993. A draft version of the plan was released for public comment from October 29 - December 15, 2014. The final plan includes a summary of the nearly 300 comments received during the public review process. The plan includes more than 50 actions designed to address prevention, detection, and response to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Priority actions identified in the plan include:
- Expand the boat launch steward program and ensure consistency of these programs statewide.
- Develop an AIS response framework to guide decision making when AIS are detected, and communicate the reasoning for the response selected.
- Implement an AIS public awareness campaign and evaluate its effectiveness in reaching target audiences.
- Expand the use of AIS disposal stations at waterway access sites.
- Create regional "first responder" AIS teams to incorporate local expertise in planning and implementing appropriate responses to AIS.
- Identify and evaluate risks associated with pathways for AIS introduction and movement within New York.
Read the management plan (PDF) (1.2 MB)