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Invasive Species Management

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the steward of 12 million acres of public lands and waters at hundreds of water resources projects nationwide. In the efforts to conserve, protect and restore these lands and waters it is necessary to manage and control invasive species. Invasive species can be plants, animals and other organisms. They threaten our nation’s natural resources; seriously hinder navigation; adversely affect flood risk management, hydropower generation and water supply; and limit recreation use by the public.

To manage the threat of these species, USACE employs the latest economically efficient technologies and research; and biological, mechanical and chemical control methods. USACE also stays on the leading edge of invasive species management by developing new pest control techniques through its Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program and Aquatic Plant Control Research Program. These efforts and the development of bio-control agents, new use patterns for aquatic pesticides, barrier systems, and innovative pesticide application techniques by USACE researchers and their partners are making a difference in the fight against invasive aquatic species nationwide.

Due to ever-changing ecosystems and the emergence of new and spreading species, the monitoring and management of invasive species will remain a continuous challenge for USACE and its partners.

Related Articles

Going Green: Protecting our Great Lakes from the invasive Asian carp

"Working with our partners to protect our national treasures, our Great Lakes, from aquatic nuisance species is critical," said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District Commander Col. Frederic A. Drummond Jr. "The Corps mission is about sustaining our water resources, sustaining our communities and sustaining our nation's economic resources."
Published: 3/29/2013

USACE officials serve up Asian carp sliders and information on invasive species

Catching quite a bit of media attention at the 32nd annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park July 11 was the booth offering more than 800 Asian carp sliders free of charge.
Published: 7/17/2012


Educational Video

Click to view the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Laboratory YouTube Channel
Click to view the search results page for invasive species on the DVIDS Web site
Click to view the Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program homepage
Click to view the Aquatic Plant Control Research Program homepage