DEC’s aquatic invasive species team has been coordinating surveys to detect and map invasive species in New York State’s waters. Surveys help to better understand invasive species infestations and inform DEC’s management efforts.
Since every waterway can’t be monitored, surveys are targeted on higher risk areas. Recent survey efforts have focused on the Mohawk River, Hudson River, and several Adirondack lakes.
Monitoring efforts help DEC engage in early detection and rapid response (EDRR), as well as long-term management. EDRR is always best, it focuses on finding and controlling new populations of invasive species before they have become widespread.
For many invasive species, there are a variety of successful control methods to choose from including physical, biological, or chemical controls. Data on established populations help DEC create and implement better management plans.
Photo of DECs aquatic invasive species team provided.