Scientists estimate the Great Lakes have been invaded by more than 180 species, with new species arriving at a rate of one every eight months.
Invasive species have an impact on every system here and cost more than $200 million annually in lost revenue and prevention strategies.
Aquatic invasive species may be the most significant threat to the health of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Project will collaborate with universities, funders and state and federal agencies to:
While aquatic invasive species have irrevocably changed the Great Lakes, we are taking steps to stem new introductions, contain new arrivals from becoming established and minimize the impact of those aquatic invasive species that are here to stay. A stronger, more resilient Great Lakes ecosystem is one of the most powerful weapons we have against aquatic invasive species.April 27, 2011