Status and Strategies for Established Aquatic Invasive Species in Michigan

Aquatic Invasive Species graphicAquatic invasive species established in the environment continue to negatively impact Michigan’s waters and economy.   The zebra and quagga mussel invasion of the Great Lakes basin serve as a primary example of the significant negative effects AIS can have on water quality and aquatic ecosystems in general.  Goal IV of Michigan’s AIS State Management Plan is to “Manage and control AIS to minimize the harmful environmental, economic, and public health effects resulting from established populations;” however, management and control plans for established AIS in Michigan, are often lacking.  In 2013, the EGLE's Water Resources Division (WRD) was awarded a United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) 205(j) grant to address this information gap.  The following documents were developed by Central Michigan University and reviewed by Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources for the purposes of:

  1. Summarizing the current level of understanding on the biology and ecology of key established AIS in Michigan.
  2. Summarizing current management options for established AIS in Michigan.
  3. Identifying possible future directions of AIS management in Michigan.

Species Status and Strategies

State of Michigan's Status and Strategy for Eurasian Watermilfoil Management, developed by EGLE's Water Resources Division