Early Detection & Rapid Response

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Early detection monitoring and rapid response are key components of invasive species management. Detecting a new invasion early and having a detailed response plan allows us to eradicate new AIS infestations before they become established. Carver County Water Management Organization (CCWMO) staff utilizes various strategies to detect invasions early, such as: deployment of zebra mussel settlement sample plates, plankton tows for zebra mussel veligers and spiny water fleas, e-DNA analyses, shoreline and snorkel surveys, and aquatic vegetation surveys. Local volunteers also conduct passive surveys and report any new AIS found.

Although prevention and monitoring efforts are vital to an AIS plan, they are not foolproof. We must be prepared to take action in the event of an AIS introduction so it is crucial to have a rapid response plan prepared to ensure the incident is addressed quickly and effectively. Eradication is usually the goal of a rapid response but is not always feasible, especially in aquatic ecosystems. CCWMO staff uses a rapid response plan based on recommendations by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The response plan is updated as new AIS management research becomes available.

Check back soon to view our AIS monitoring Story Map outlining detection and rapid response activities in Carver County.

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