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Describes research, methodology, and results from the monitoring of current invasive aquatic species problems. See Manager's Tool Kit - Monitoring for general resources and other species.

Aquatic Species


Volunteer Diver Monitoring
Northeast Marine Introduced Species.

(Aquatic) Invasive Species Mapping in Michigan
Great Lakes Information Network.

Invasive Species Watch Program
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (Canada).

NAS Alert System
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center. Nonindigenous Aquatic Species.
The USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program has launched an alert system that allows users to register to receive e-mails of new aquatic introductions in the United States. Users can sign up for "State Watches", "Group Watches" and/or "Species Watches". Detailed explanations of each of these can be found on the registration page. The system also allows users who are not registered to review and query archives of alerts that are sent. See also: Protocols for Monitoring Aquatic Nuisance Species

Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program
Michigan Clean Water Corps.

Species Monitoring
Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership.

Federal Government

Broad-Scale Non-Indigenous Species Monitoring along the West Coast in National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserves (2005)
DOC. NOAA. National Marine Sanctuaries.
Report to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Detection and Monitoring of Aquatic Nuisance Species
DOI. FWS. Fisheries and Habitat Conservation.

Non-Native Species in Our Nation's Estuaries: A Framework for an Invasion Monitoring Program (2002; PDF | 877 KB)
DOC. NOAA. Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.
National Estuarine Research Reserve Technical Report Series 2002:1.
Report summarizes the results of a workshop held Jan 14-18, 2002 at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California.

State Government

Monitoring Protocol for Marine Invasive Species in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. Marine Invasive Species Program.

Guidance for Conducting Aquatic Invasive Species Early Detection and Baseline Monitoring in Lakes (June 2015; PDF | 934 KB)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
See also: Put Your Plan Into Action for more resources


Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring
University of Wisconsin. Extension Lakes Program. Citizen Lake Monitoring Network.

Aquatic Invasive Species Smart Prevention
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Researchers at the Center for Limnology have launched a new Web site, Aquatic Invasive Species Smart Prevention, to help assess the threat of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin's lakes. The researchers partnered with the UW-Madison Applied Population Lab to develop an interactive Web site displaying a map of Wisconsin with more than 12,000 lakes color-coded to reflect their environmental suitability for zebra mussels, and are in the process of expanding the site with maps for additional species. See also: Press Release -- Where the Invasive Things Are -- and Where They Could Be (Mar 9, 2010)

Marine Invader Tracking Information System (MITIS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sea Grant Center for Coastal Resources.


Project (RED): Riverine Early Detectors
River Alliance of Wisconsin.
Project RED provides tools and training for volunteers to monitor their rivers for 15 species of concern. The project is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the National Institute for Invasive Species Science and the River Alliance of Wisconsin.

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Aquatic Plants


Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network - Invasive Species Monitoring
University of California Santa Cruz.

Federal Government

A Survey of the Invasive Aquatic and Riparian Plants of the Lower Rio Grande (Apr 2005; PDF | 1.42 MB)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center. Environmental Laboratory. Aquatic Plant Control Research Program.

Hi-Tech Solution to Aquatic Weed Monitoring
Tennessee Valley Authority.

State Government

Invasives Program Background
Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program.
Includes: Maine Lakes Report; VLMP's Annual Report, and summarizes annual Maine lake data with an overview of lake water quality and invasive aquatic plants.

Weeds Watcher Program
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Lakes & Ponds Program.

Virginia Phragmites Mapping and Removal
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Coastal Zone Management.


Massachusetts Water Watch Partnership - Aquatic Macrophytes
University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Monitoring Aquatic Plants and Their Management
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Volunteer Monitoring: Invasive Aquatic Plant Survey Manual (2011; PDF | 264 KB)
University of Rhode Island. Watershed Watch.
See also: Learning About Aquatic Invasive Species for more resources


A Review of Aquatic Plant Monitoring and Assessment Methods (2012; PDF | 444 KB)
Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation.
See also: AREF - Publications for more resources

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Aquatic Animals


Monitoring and Response Plan for Asian Carp in the Upper Illinois River and Chicago Area Waterway System (May 2016)
Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee. Monitoring and Rapid Response Workgroup.

Aquatic Invasive Species Network - Monitoring
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.

State Government

Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program: Lake Champlain Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Environmental Conservation. Watershed Management Division.


Pennsylvania Zebra and Quagga Mussel Monitoring Network
Pennsylvania Sea Grant.

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