The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) focuses primarily on prevention and education and rapid response to new introductions of aquatic invasive species (AIS), but the control of established species is also critical. Even after populations have become widespread, the long-term impacts posed by AIS can be reduced if efforts to control the species are successful. In general terms, control efforts work to restore lost economic and ecological conditions to the greatest extent possible. The Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration focuses on the control of purple loosestrife.
Other control efforts and resources include:
- Eutrophication and Aquatic Plant Management in Massachusetts: Final Generic Environmental Impact Report (GEIR) - Technical Assistance by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Lakes and Ponds Program.
- Restoration Demonstration Projects by the DCR Lakes and Ponds Program.
- Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Control Page - Case studies and information on mechanical, biological, and herbicide control.
- Section 319 Nonpoint Source Competitive Grants Program - A grant program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to control nonpoint source pollution including AIS.
- Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) - A voluntary program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land.
- Pulling Together Initiative - A program by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to provide funding for long-term weed management projects within the scope of an integrated pest management strategy.
- Control Methods for Select Aquatic Nuisance Species - A resource by the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel showcasing methods for the control or eradication of AIS.
Learn more about rapid response. A rapid response to the arrival of a non-native species in a new environment is the most effective means of minimizing the potential ecological and economic impacts associated with AIS.
Appendix C of the Massachusetts Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan lists many grant programs applicable to AIS that may be useful when considering control options.
If you have specific questions about AIS control in Massachusetts, or are interested in controlling AIS in your area, please contact us.