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November, 2012

Great Lakes invasive species grant given to UT and
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Ohio: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving out $8,000,000 in grants to several nonprofit groups and three universities, including the University of Toledo. This money will go towards scientific research that prevents exotic species invasions in the Great Lakes.

Divided into 21 grants, the funds cover projects aimed at prevention, early detection and controlling current species invasions, like the Asian Carp.  U.T. is getting some of this money to refine techniques that signal the presence of foreign fish and other organisms.

Michigan State and Notre Dame will also receive grants.

Asian Carp DNA has been found by Lake Michigan near Chicago and in Lake Erie.

Early Detection

Using DNA for Early Detection of High-Risk Invasive Fish Species

University of Toledo


To develop an accurate DNA-based test on water samples to detect AIS.

The test will be easy to use, rapid, inexpensive and effective even with very small fish populations

The test will detect the presence of fish regardless of their life-stage (eggs, larvae, adults).

Development of a Portable Monitoring Device for High-Risk Invasive Species

Michigan State University


For laboratory and fieldwork to  develop a portable environmental DNA (eDNA)-based detection device for AIS.

The device will be sensitive to small amounts of eDNA, species-specificity, speed, and ruggedness.

Improving eDNA-Based Surveillance Programs for High-Risk Potentially Invasive Species

University of Notre Dame


Use eDNA to identify greater numbers high-risk invasive fish, mussels and plants.
Improved information on species populations;

Improve understanding of eDNA longevity under different environmental conditions;

increase speed and portability of AIS detection methods.

Enhance early detection of AIS and the effectiveness of rapid response programs.

Zebra Mussels

Quagga Mussels

Round Goby

Reducing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species Via "Organisms in Trade"

Regents of University of Minnesota


mplement a research, education and outreach initiative to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) through sales and trade of bait, aquarium fish and other live organisms

Host a research symposium

Implement AIS outreach programs including an expanded version of the "Nab the Aquatic Invader!" youth education program.

Protecting the Great Lakes from Internet Trade of Aquatic Invasive Species



Great Lakes Commission




Develop software to assess the availability of invasive species in OIT (Organisms in Trade), such as Internet sales

Identify sellers and assist regulators to develop and implement OIT management activities

Provide management tools to decision-makers and regulators.

Present information on the internet marketplace

Quantify  the risks of internet sales of OIT,

Present options to prevent further releases of OIT into the environment.



Lake Ontario Headwaters Watercraft Inspection Program

Paul Smith's College of Arts & Sciences


Implement a new round of watercraft inspections at public boat launches in western Adirondack Park.

Provide info to recreational boaters about AIS risks  to the Great Lakes

Prevent new introductions of AIS by removing watercraft-borne organisms.

Educating Aquaculture Suppliers and Hobbyists about Threats from Aquatic Invasive Species

Board of Trustees University of Illinois


Educate hobbyists and suppliers about AIS risks.

Assess educational needs and create new outreach tools and to improve existing tools.

Distribute AIS materials throughout the Great Lakes basin by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network

Monitoring of Invasive Species in Ballast Water

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee


Develop holograph-based technology and software to  detect AIS where such detection is not currently feasible.

Adapt technology for vessels to monitor AIS presence in ballast water

Hold webinars on AIS detection.

Assessing Aquatic Invasive Species Risk in the Erie Canal Corridor

Central Michigan University


Catalogue non-native species in the Mohawk-Hudson River and Lake Champlain basins

Identify restricted AIS with potential to spread into the basins.

Identify the current range of priority AIS, potential invasion pathways, and future surveillance needs.

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Monitoring in the Eastern Great Lakes Basin

The Nature Conservancy


Develop models that predict the spread of hydrilla verticillata and other (AIS)

Conduct monitoring surveys for AIS and use data to plan, promote, and develop local AIS control projects.

Evaluating Potential Pathways for the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Wayne State University


Develop and test methods to calculate risks from various pathways of AIS transfer.

Determine the best AIS monitoring, sampling, and prevention strategies areas with the highest risk of invasion.

Integrate results into a decision-making process and  management strategies.

Train Local Groups to Inspect and Wash Fishing Tourney Boats

The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System


Draw upon partnerships in the Great Lakes basin to train community groups to inspect and clean boats at fishing tournaments.

Working with Waterfowl Hunters to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species in the Great Lakes

Wildlife Forever


Develop and implement multimedia information for waterfowl hunters on how to reduce the spread of AIS via  waterfowl hunting equipment.

These include boats and trailers, decoys, hunting dogs, and blinds in the Great Lakes Basin.

Working with Recreational Anglers and Boaters to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

Cornell University


ncrease efforts by agencies and organizations to communicate with anglers and boaters about the risks that AIS poses to the Great Lakes

Discourage actions that contribute to the spread of invasive species.

Improving the Early Detection of Invasive Ponto-Caspian Fishes in the Great Lakes

Research Foundation of SUNY-Buffalo State College


Assess the invasive potential for high-risk Ponto-Caspian fishes from European shipping ports.

Assess Great Lakes ports to identify high-risk locations and time periods with a strong habitat match for high-risk AIS.

Use this data for surveillance and early detection efforts for invasive Ponto-Caspian fishes

Asian Ruffe

Spiney Water Flea

Sea Lamprey


Green Corps Invasive Species Removal Jobs in the Millennium Reserve

Illinois Department of Natural Resources


Control invasive species in  "Calumet Core" of the Millennium Reserve, in the southern Lake Michigan watershed.

Controlling Terrestrial Invasive Species in Northwest Lower Michigan

Grand Traverse Conservation District


Control Phragmites and  terrestrial invasive species on over 3000 acres of public and private land

Control Phragmites and other terrestrial invasive species on 240 acres of newly-exposed bottomland near three decommissioned hydroelectric dams.

Increase the awareness of the residents of the targeted area regarding the impacts of invasive species.

Use of a Chemical Repellent to Improve Sea Lamprey Control

Michigan State University


Demonstrate the effectiveness of a chemical repellant that prevents sea lamprey from entering potential lamprey spawning streams with a history of lamprey infestation

The chemical repellent is expected to limit sea lamprey spawning activity (and the need for pesticide treatments)

Invasive Plant Control, Ashtabula River Watershed

The Nature Conservancy


Reduce invasive plant species  in the Ashtabula River watershed in Ohio.

Identify stream areas and wetlands where control of invasive species is a priority.

Reduce the migration of invasive plants to floodplains, stream corridors and wetlands located outside area of concern.

Invasive Species Removal in Southeast Wisconsin

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Inc.


Inventory invasive plant species in 1,500 acres of wetland and riparian habitats 

Chemical treat and eliminate  these invasive plants and re-seedof the treated areas with native species.

Restore and protect wetlands and stream segments currently threatened by infestations of invasive plant species.

Invasive Species Control on Tribal Lands in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Inc


Remove terrestrial and AIS invasive plants from 1,000 acres of tribal lands within the Great Lakes Basin.

Establish new culturally acceptable tribal technical standards for "non-herbicide" invasive species control.

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