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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

Invasive species know no boundaries, jurisdiction or authority. Cities, counties, states, private sector, and international organizations all have significant roles to play in invasive species' introduction, containment, and eradication. Therefore, it is impractical to address invasive species on a state-by-state or city-to-city basis. Working regionally is the best way to address invasive species in a productive and long-term manner. As the chief executive officers of their state, governors are in the best position to convene the right stakeholders, and bring them to the table for real, tangible solutions.

There are currently many successful state-approaches to addressing invasive species. However, success of state-by-state efforts is limited by the regional nature of spreading invasive species. With funding limited, it is may be difficult for individual states to develop and implement programs that are more aggressive and comprehensive. Regional collaboration offers an opportunity to leverage funding and pool, staff and scientific resources to prevent, contain and control pests and pathogens.

NOTE: This effort is focused on finding common ground related to Asian carp and zebra mussels. It is in no way intended to make states adopt policies that they do not want to pursue. It is intended to increase cooperation, information sharing, and increase efficiencies. This effort only focuses on inland lakes and rivers. It does not address the Great Lakes.

AIS Summit

June 27-28, 2013

Minneapolis, MN


Meeting Notes

Press Release

State AIS/ANS Policy and Regulations Summary

U.S. Department of Intertior's FY 2014 Invasive Species Budget Request

Meeting Outcomes


Meeting Documents


Additional Information

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Conference Call

November 21, 2013

11:00 am ET / 10:00 am CT


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