Over the next two summers the partners of the SLELO PRISM will undertake a project to assess the feasibility of using eDNA as an early detection tool for aquatic invasive species.
In 2013, after completing a feasibility study, partners of the SLELO PRISM endorsed an initiative to restore portions of the Salmon River by 1) suppressing Japanese knotweed populations, 2) restoring treated sites by planting native seed and plants and 3) implementing a robust educational & outreach component. This three year commitment was completed in 2015 with the following results: Project Success: Based on the original project goal which was to suppress knotweed populations and given an estimated 35% regrowth of knotweed after three consecutive treatments at some locations, it is reasonable to conclude that we achieved a 65% suppression rate. Site restoration ranges from moderate to good. Two monitored sites…