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Policy Development

Describes guidelines for developing policies, strategies, and other methods of controlling invasive aquatic species. See Manager's Tool Kit - Policy Development for general resources and other species.

Council or Task Force

State ANS Management Plans - Resources for Plan Development
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force 2015 Report to Congress (2015; PDF | 25.5 MB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
The report describes the statutory mandate and the structure of the ANS Task Force and progress made toward the goals of the ANS Program, as implemented through the ANS Task Force Strategic Plan. It also reports on agency-specific activities prescribed in the Act. See also: Documents - Reports to Congress for previous reports

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) Strategic Plan 2013-2017 (PDF | 891 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
Previous versions:
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force: Strategic Plan (2007 - 2012) (Mar 2007; PDF | 286 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Strategic Plan (2002 – 2007) (Feb 2002; PDF | 251 KB)

Standardized Reporting Format for State Management Plans (May 16, 2003; PDF | 156 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.


Model Management Plans and Guidance
Great Lakes Commission.

Policy Statement on Ballast Water Management (Mar 2001; PDF | 93 KB)
Great Lakes Commission. Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.

Exotics and Public Policy in the Great Lakes
International Joint Commission.
The Results of a Workshop at the Biennial Great Lakes Water Quality Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Sep 23 and 26, 1999

Exotic Policy: An International Joint Commission White Paper on Policies for the Prevention of the Invasion of the Great Lakes by Exotic Organisms (Jul 1999)
International Joint Commission.
Eric Reeves

Building Consensus in the West: Developing a Model Legal Framework for Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Programs
National Sea Grant Law Center.
Initiative of the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (WRP). The goal of the WRP initiative is to develop a multi-state vision for watercraft inspection and decontamination (WID) programs. The National Sea Grant Law Center is an active participant in this initiative, providing legal research support and leading efforts to develop model legislation and regulations for WID Programs.
See also: Invasive Mussels in the West: A Multi-state Collaboration (Oregon State University, Sea Grant).

Federal Government

Denied Petition Related to Ballast Water - Decision on Petition for Rulemaking to Repeal 40 C.F.R. 122.3(a) (Sep 3, 2003; PDF | 3.51 MB)
Environmental Protection Agency.
EPA has denied a petition submitted by a number of environmental groups and other interested parties that sought to repeal provisions of EPA's regulations that cover certain discharges from vessels, including the discharge of ballast water. See also: National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System - Legal for more resources

State Government

Analysis of Laws & Policies Concerning Exotic Invasions of the Great Lakes (Mar 15, 1999)
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Great Lakes.

Managing Coastal Aquatic Invasive Species in California: Existing Policies and Policy Gaps (Jan 2011; PDF | 1.5 MB)
California State Library. California Research Bureau. CRB-11-001.
This nonpartisan report has been drafted in response to a request from the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, based on concerns that California lacks a robust framework that can guide policy, regulatory and fiscal decisions in response to coastal aquatic invasive species. This report features relevant background information, as well as a policy framework for analyzing the challenges and opportunities of coastal aquatic invasive species in California. The report focuses on opportunities for improvement over six general policy categories (Authority, Prevention, Research, Control, Implementation, and Coordination) and addresses the vectors, or pathways, through which invasive species are introduced. See also: California Research Bureau Reports for more resources

Aquatic Invasive Species - Put Your Plan Into Action
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


Strengthening the Connection Between Great Lakes Science and Policy: Final Report of the Great Lakes Science-Policy Initiative (Jan 22, 2003)
International Association for Great Lakes Research.

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