Contact information
For information on Lakes in Wisconsin, contact:
DNR Lake
Division of Water
Bureau of Water Quality
Aquatic Invasive Species Contacts

Objective: Respond to emerging threats

A number of developments including the advancement of Asian carp toward Lake Michigan bring increasing attention to invasive species in the Great Lakes. Wisconsin is at the table for these Great Lakes conversations and has successfully competed and received federal funding (Great Lakes Restoration Initiative) to increase efforts in the Great Lakes basin. During the next year we will continue to invest significant time and energy on protecting the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, ensuring that these heavily-used waters do not spread new species to inland Wisconsin waters. We will also expand our efforts to reduce the amount of invasive species that are spread via retail sales through a study of aquatic plant vendors, biological field surveys of waterbodies in high risk areas, and targeted education and outreach efforts.


Wisconsin's Response Framework for Invasive Species

Using our experiences with AIS such as hydrilla, Eurasian water milfoil, and red swamp crayfish, the DNR developed a statewide rapid response framework for AIS in 2012 adapted from the New York state’s plan. Since then, the plan has been adopted by the Department Invasive Species Team and expanded to address terrestrial species as well as aquatic. The plan lays out a framework to assist all responsible for managing Wisconsin lands and waters (ranging from lake organizations to statewide resource managers) in responding thoroughly, professionally and effectively to the many challenges that result from new invasions. The process is flexible to allow for case-specific facts to guide the responses, while ensuring that managers address all the necessary components of an effective response. More...