Arizona’s “Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan” was
initially started in 2002, but was finally completed in late 2010.
This Plan was then formally signed by Governor Jan Brewer in
October of 2011 and finally approved by the Aquatic Nuisance
Species Task Force on November 3rd, 2011 in
Washington D.C. and is now the guiding State document for aquatic
invasive species abatement in Arizona.
The goal of this plan is to, “fully implement a coordinated strategy to
prevent new, unintended introductions of aquatic invasive species
into the lower Colorado River and other State waters; to limit the
spread of established populations of aquatic invasive species into
un-infested waters of the State; and to abate harmful ecological,
economic, social, and public health impacts resulting from further
infestations.” Plan recommendations are organized into six categories
(Coordination & Implementation; Prevention; Detection &
Monitoring; Control & Eradication; Knowledge Dissemination
Research; Public/Policy Maker Information) and have strategic goals
and funding capabilities outlined by an “Implementation Table/Matrix”.