Feb 3, 2015

2015 Annual Work Plan

WNY PRISM 2015 Annual Work Plan

WNY PRISM has released our 2015 Annual Work Plan. The goals identified in this plan align with our overall goals and include Partner/Network Coordination, Information Management, Education and Outreach, Prevention, Early Detection and Rapid Response, and Management and Habitat Restoration. Actions identified include:

·         Collaborate with Partners and develop new relationships

·         Develop Working Groups aimed at developing regional priorities and identifying needs

o   Working Groups include Aquatic IS, Terrestrial IS, Agriculture IS, Conservation Targets, and Education and Outreach

·         Develop WNY PRISM Website and utilize additional online resources to provide information for the region

·         Hire 2015 Seasonal Crew

·         Provide Educational Opportunities for Partners and residents

·         Conduct Invasive Species Outreach

·         Coordinate WNY effort for Invasive Species Awareness Week

·         Assist Partners with implementation of Prevention and Early Detection efforts and programming

·         Continue encouraging use of iMapInvasives as a regional mapping and early detection tool

·         Provide assistance to Partners with development and review of management plans

·         Assist Partners with Invasive Species removal and habitat restoration efforts

The complete WNY PRISM 2015 Annual Work Plan is available here:  WNY PRISM 2015 Work Plan

Dec 22, 2014

News Release:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Hydrilla Risk Assessment Contract

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Hydrilla Risk Assessment Contract

Buffalo, NY -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District awarded a two year, $1.1 million contract, September 2014, to Ecology and Environment, Inc. (E&E) in support of the Great Lakes Hydrilla Risk Assessment using funds through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Hydrilla is a highly invasive aquatic plant species that was first introduced to the southern United Stated in the 1960's from Asia. More recently there have been a noticeable number of infestations in the glacial lakes of the Northeast and Midwest. Hyrilla infestations have potential to cause significant ecological and economic losses.

Please see full News Release Here

An underwater view of dense hydrilla beds in the Erie Canal, NY

Nov 4, 2014

NYSDEC Releases Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for Public Comment - Public Comments Accepted Through December 15

“Prevention of aquatic invasive species is critical to the long-term vitality of waterways across New York State,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “This strategic plan details proposals to further our efforts to help ensure AIS-free waters remain free and additional AIS are not introduced to other waters. We welcome the public’s ideas and feedback on the draft strategy.”

The action-based Strategic Plan updates DEC’s “Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Management Plan,” which was written in 1993. The draft plan includes more than 50 actions designed to address prevention, detection, and response to AIS. Proposed actions include:

  • Expand the boat launch steward program 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;
  • Establish regional “first responder” AIS teams to incorporate local expertise in planning and implementing appropriate AIS responses; and
  • Identify and evaluate risks associated with pathways for AIS introduction and movement within New York.

Click here for the full press release.

A link to the Draft AIS Plan and information on how to submit comments are here