Erie Canal Preventaion
The LGLFWCO is a leader in monitoring, detection, and prevention of AIS within the New York State Canal System. The program developed and implemented by the LGLFWCO is multi-faceted and conducted in cooperation with partners such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Canal Corporation, New York Sea Grant, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Biologists conduct fish and plant surveys at key entry points along the canal. Sampling occurs at sites in Tonawanda, Rochester, Montezuma NWR, Fulton, Utica, and Waterford. Crews electrofish twice a year, usually in spring and early fall to confirm the expansion of existing invasive species, detect new invaders, and monitor for incidental captures of rare or threatened species. Aquatic plant surveys conducted during late spring and mid-summer monitor the range of known invasive plant species and detect new ones.
Regional Workshop for Science Educators
In cooperation with New York Sea Grant, workshops are conducted each summer to educate school teachers and science educators on the role of the Erie Canal in the introduction and spread of AIS throughout the state. These workshops include presentations by LGLFWCO and Sea Grant staff about AIS life histories and background along with a demonstration of some of the techniques we use to look for new AIS.