Teaming Up To Stop The Spread Of Invasive Species

The mission of the St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) is to protect native habitats, biodiversity, natural areas, and freshwater resources by using a collaborative and integrated approach to invasive species management with emphasis on: prevention, early detection, rapid response, education and outreach.

Current Projects

Aquatic Invasive Plants and Algae Blooms?

Can invasive aquatic plants influence harmful algae blooms?

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA, Harmful algae blooms (HABs) may be linked to ‘overfeeding.’ This occurs when nutrients (mainly phosphorus, nitrogen, and carbon) from external sources and from internal sources enter the system a.k.a nutrient loading. So, can decomposing aquatic invasive plants contribute to internal nutrient loading? Read More about “Can invasive aquatic plants influence harmful algae blooms?”

Healthy Forests and Community Preparedness

Healthy Freshwater Resources

Releasing Biological Controls

Conservation Efforts Video

Innovative Early Detection

Innovative Early Detection

In the Eastern Lake Ontario Region the SLELO PRISM partners in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation have implemented a project to assess the feasibility of using environmental DNA or eDNA as an early detection tool for aquatic invasive species. Read More about “Innovative Early Detection”

SLELO News & Events


    Expert knowledge will focus on an overarching theme of Enhancing the Health and Resiliency of Natural Systems.

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    Healthy Lands and Waters

    Healthy lands and waters require invasive species prevention and management. If we protect our forests from invasive pests, this translates into healthy, resilient forests which further serves to protect healthy waters. Therefore, if we protect the Tug Hill forests, we also protect the Tug Hill aquifer and hydraulically connected waterways which makes the entire system more resilient and healthier. If we reduce the impact that aquatic invasive species have on Lake Ontario embayment’s, then we are protecting, fisheries, recreation, and the general ecological balance of our waterways— making the entire system more resilient and healthier.

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