About this Project

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2011 - 2012

Global trade and transportation systems now connect people and places as never before. These connections sometimes bring exotic, invasive species with them that, once established in a new environment, can wreak havoc on natural areas and essential infrastructure alike. Invasive species have caused over $100 billion dollars worth of damage in economic losses across North America. For example, the United States spends over $1 billion dollars annually to control aquatic invasive plants such as the Eurasian water-milfoil in the southeastern United States. This species has dramatically altered some water bodies, changing sedimentation rates, oxygen and light levels, and impeding boating, fishing, and other recreational activities.