SLELO Partners have been implementing strategies that serve to protect our regions freshwater resources. From small embayments to large scale (Lake Ontario) systems, our partners continue to protect our regions freshwater resources from the ecological imbalance posed by aquatic invasive species (AIS). Key strategies include:
- Implement voluntary watercraft inspections and educational outreach along Eastern Lake Ontario to reduce the spread of AIS into and out-of our regions waters.
- Provide early detection surveillance of priority freshwater resources every two years to prevent the establishment of new invasive species.
- Utilize innovative technology such as eDNA and underwater video technology to detect AIS as early as possible while in low abundance.
- Conduct volunteer citizen science initiatives, including Volunteer Surveillance Networks (VSN’s) to suppress existing populations of AIS.