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Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan

The Draft Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan Request for Comments      

We are soliciting comments on the draft Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan, by February 26, 2010.   

The Lake Superior Binational Program recognizes that aquatic invasive species are one of the biggest threats to Lake Superior in terms of negative ecological and economic impacts.  To address this critical threat, the Lake Superior Binational Program developed a draft Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan (Plan) for the lake.  The Plan identifies the pathways aquatic invasive species use to enter and become established in the lake.  Further, the Plan recommends prevention actions that need to be newly implemented, in addition to existing efforts, in order to close existing pathways on both sides of the border and prevent new aquatic invasive species from entering  the Lake Superior ecosystem.  The draft plan is available at:  Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan (draft) [PDF 800 Kb 81 pages]

A series of conference calls will be scheduled for February 2010.  On these calls, the plan will be presented via a webcast, and comments will be welcome.  In addition, a series of workshops will be held in the spring and summer of 2010 to provide additional information and answer questions.  Additional workshop details will be available in early 2010.   

After the comment period closes on February 26, 2010, we will consider all comments, revise the Plan accordingly, and finalize.  An implementation plan will then be written and circulated which will help relevant agencies and organizations incorporate prevention actions and activities into their respective work plans. Much of the Plan’s focus is on coordinating existing efforts that are part of already-approved agency plans. We encourage implementation of actions in these approved plans as funding becomes available to protect Lake Superior from new aquatic invasive species.  We encourage you to apply for relevant funding under the Invasive Species section of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Request for Proposals found at www.epa.gov/greatlakes.  

You may submit any comments on the AIS Complete Prevention Plan by February 26, 2010 below.

Thank you for your interest in the Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan.  If you have questions, you may contact

Nancy Stadler-Salt (nancy.stadler-salt@ec.gc.ca) or
Elizabeth LaPlante (LaPlante.elizabeth@epa.gov).        

Sincerely,  
Nancy Stadler-Salt  Canadian Co-Chair Lake Superior Work Group                                       
Elizabeth LaPlante  US Co-Chair Lake Superior Work Group  

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