Aquatic invasive Species
Protect the Waters of South Dakota!
What is an Aquatic invasive Species?
A nonindigenous species that threatens the diversity or abundance of native species or the ecological stability of infested waters, or commercial, agricultural, aquacultural or recreational activities dependent on such waters (EPA 1990). Aquatic invasive species can be introduced accidentally or purposely.
Unique Characteristics of aquatic invasive species
- Produces many offspring.
- Has early and rapid development.
- Adapts easily to environment, diet.
- Tolerates broad range conditions.
- Free of natural controls.
These characteristics allow aquatic invasive species populations to spin out of control, creating environmental devastation and ecological havoc in their wake.
The environmental and economic impacts of aquatic invasive species are being felt across the United States. Asian Carps, Zebra Mussels, Eurasian Watermilfoil and Brittle Naiad among others are making their way into South Dakota or are currently established within bordering states. While these threats are alarming, our relatively low current levels of infestation provide us with a very good opportunity to be proactive in our response to AIS threats.