Approved State Plan

The SC State AIS plan has been approved by the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force

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Successful management of non-native aquatic invasive species is one of the most pressing issues in the field of natural resources management in the country. Impacts include both dramatic changes in plant and animal community structure and dynamics and economic impacts to manage use of our water resources.

airboat stuck in hyacinthThe Department of Natural Resources recently completed a three year Aquatic Nuisance Species Communications Plan which identifies strategies to better inform the public about aquatic invasive species and to better communicate with policymakers. An important outcome of the plan was the recommendation to form a multi-agency everyone on a field trip getting involvedAquatic Invasive Species Task Force and to develop and implement a statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan.  These recommendations are consistent with actions in other states to support national efforts to prevent and control aquatic invasive species problems in public waters.  State management plans foster intrastate communication and coordination among appropriate state and federal agencies and nongovernmental organizations and may qualify states for potential grants for control programs.

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