Sep 19, 2012

Experts Gather to Discuss Aquatic Invader, Hydrilla


Scientists and resource managers from around the Northeast, Mississippi and Florida met in Syracuse, N.Y., on September 11-12 at the Northeastern Hydrilla Symposium. Hydrilla is an extremely invasive aquatic species from Asia that was introduced in the 1960s into the southern United States. The symposium was sponsored and hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District and the Corps’ Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Miss., in cooperation with federal and state resource managers from the Northeast. The symposium was held in response to the recent discovery of Hydrilla in the Cayuga Lake Inlet in Ithaca, NY, in New York’s Finger, which has caused growing concern about the spread and introduction of Hydrilla throughout the northeastern United States.

The intent of the symposium was to help direct future research and Hydrilla eradication and management technology development, and to share lessons learned on Hydrilla management strategies. Approximately 40 resource managers, industry professionals, and researchers from eight states throughout the Northeast, including New York attended the symposium. Experts from southern states and universities also shared their expertise.

Hydrilla, if not controlled quickly and made the target of rigorous early detection and eradication programs, could spread beyond the Cayuga Inlet into the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, the Erie and Barge Canal systems, and other lakes and rivers in New York, including the Great Lakes, leading to millions of dollars of ecological damage, recreational impacts, and lost property tax revenue.

Click here for the Corps of Engineers’ full press release.

Click here for the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse brochure on Hydrilla impacts and prevention.

Click here for the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse factsheet on how to ensure a boat is Hydrilla-free before winterizing

Click here to visit the Clearinghouse's Hydrilla species profile

Aug 15, 2012

Request for Proposals - Administration of Western Partnership For Regional Invasive Species Management


DEC's Office of Invasive Species Coordination (OISC) has sent out a second notice extending the deadline for the Request for Proposals for contracts to administer the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). It is anticipated that the PRISM will have a paid coordinator under state contract. PRISM functions are further described in the Scope of Work and Proposal Narrative of the Request for Proposals (RFP). Click here for DEC's full Request for Proposals. 

Proposers must possess a minimum of five (5) years of experience coordinating partners (at least three distinct entities including federal, state or local government and/or non-government organizations) engaged in cooperative delivery of landscape-level conservation activities of similar size, scope and complexity.

Proposal due date is October 5, 2012 (11:00 AM EDT). Written questions on proposals will be accepted through August 31, 2012 (11:00 AM EDT). Answers to questions will be provided to prospective proposers by September 11, 2012 (close of business). 

At the time of release of this RFP, four PRISMs (APIPP, SLELO, CRISP, LIISMA) are administered and coordinated by non-profit organizations under state contracts. 

Information on PRISMs can be found by clicking on the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse website's PRISM page.

Jul 24, 2012

Governor Cuomo signs invasive species legislation 


Albany, NY (July 24, 2012)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation to protect New York's waterways and natural habitat from the devastating environmental effects of invasive species.

"This new law will give the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets the tools they need to protect our state's ecology from the harm that invasive species can cause," Governor Cuomo said. "This legislation ensures that the regulations governing invasive species are appropriate for New York's farming community and plant nurseries, while also protecting the environment. I commend the bill sponsors for their work on this legislation."

Joe Martens, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said, "This law implements a critical recommendation of the Invasive Species Task Force and gives DEC and DAM more authority to actively regulate invasive species and prevent their spread. Invasive species are destructive to habitat and cause millions of dollars of damage, impacting NY's economy from shipping and agriculture to outdoor recreation. Now, we will have additional tools to combat their introduction and proliferation."

Click here for the full wording of the Governor's Press Release

Click here for the full wording of the legislation