May 2024 Meeting Information


May 8-9, 2024
In-Person Participation

Meeting Dates and Location

  • The next ANSTF meeting will be held May 8-9, 2024.  
  • In-Person Participation:  The meeting will be held in the Gideon Putnam Room at Saratoga Spa State Park (19 Roosevelt Dr, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866).
  • Remote Participation: A web and/or audio option will also be offered for remote participation. The web link and phone number to join will be sent to the email address used to register for the meeting no later than May 1st. 
  • Link to Register:


  • A block of rooms at the per diem of $121 have been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn at 125 S Broadway in Saratoga Springs. For reservations, call 518.587.1500 or book online at to book online. DEADLINE FOR ROOM RESERVATIONS:  APRIL 6, 2024
  • This year's host, the Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel, is anticipating many of their number, New York State agencies, and others participating. Because this is a popular destination with several other events in the area, a larger number of rooms was not available at the Hilton, so a second property is secured with additional accommodations at the Hotel Saratoga Ascend Collection at 3291 South Broadway. You may call 518.584.2350 or visit by April 6, 2024 to book your room at the rate of $99 plus taxes."

May 8, 2024  (all times Eastern)

8:00Registration Opens
8:30 – 8:40Welcome & Housekeeping
Dave Miko, U.S. Fish and Wildlife; Assistant Director, Fish and Aquatic Conservation
Debbie Lee, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Director, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
Kimberly Jensen, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and Northeast Regional Panel Chair
8:40 – 8:55Saratoga State Park: Welcome and Brief History 
Ron Rauch, Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Stewardship  
Alane Ball Chinian, Regional Director, New York State Parks 
8:55 – 9:05Introductions / Roll Call
9:05 – 9:15Adoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Status of Action Items
9:15 – 9:352022-2023 Signals of Climate Change and Biological Invasions in New England and the Mid-Atlantic: Caribbean Creep and Chesapeake Creep
James T. Carlton, Williams College, Professor of Marine Sciences Emeritus
9:35 – 9:55Marine Rapid Assessment Survey 2023 and 2024
James T. Carlton, Williams College
Alexis Neffinger, Massachusetts Coastal Zone
9:55 – 10:15USGS NAS Update: New Species Occurrences
Ian Pfingsten, U.S. Geological Survey
10:15 – 10:30BREAK
Hydrilla Session 
10:30 – 10:50Hydrilla in the Connecticut River 
Summer Stebbins, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station 
10:50 – 11:05Invasion of Hydrilla to Massachusetts Lakes and Rivers
David Wong, MA Department of Environmental Protection 
11:05 – 11:25Connecticut River Hydrilla Field Research Demonstration 
Keith Hannon and Benjamin Sperry, US Army Corps of Engineers 
11:25 – 11:45Triple threat: Hydrilla and Aetokthonos + Bromide = more than an "eagle killer" toxin Susan Bennett Wilde, University of Georgia 
11:45 – 11:55Discussion / Q&A 
11:55 – 12:30Addressing the Champlain Canal as an AIS pathway
Meg Modley, Lake Champlain Basin Program
Steven Pearson, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Scott George, US Geological Survey 
12:30 – 1:30BREAK (Get Box lunch)
1:30 – 5:00Tour of Erie Canal Locks and Confluence of Mohawk/Hudson Rivers 
Departure time: 1:30 
Lock tour: 215 – 300. NYS Canals presenter 
Round goby sampling demonstration: 300 – 430, potential walk in woods to the sampling site, 
Return to Saratoga ~ 5 pm 

May 9, 2024  (all times Eastern)

8:30Welcome / Roll Call
8:30 – 8:50Joining Forces for Behavior Change Across the Northeast and Great Lakes Regions
Cathy McGlynn, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
8:50 – 9:10Strategies and Next Steps to Reduce the Interstate Transport of AIS-Infested Watercraft
Lisa DeBruyckere, Creative Resource Strategies
9:10 – 9:40Outreach Subcommittee Update: Language Statement, AIS Outreach Summit Planning, and the influence of AIS brands on prevention behaviors
Tim Campbell , Wisconsin Sea Grant
9:40 – 10:00Developing a Ballast Water Management Plan for the State of Rhode Island 
Kevin Cute, Coastal Resources Management Council
10:00 – 10:30VIDA Intergovernmental Response Framework
Amanda Garcia, U.S. Coast Guard 
Nick Rosenau, Environmental Protection Agency
10:30 – 10:50BREAK
Grass Carp Session
10:50 – 11:10Grass carp response in the Lake Champlain Basin and Richelieu River
Meg Modley, Lake Champlain Basin Program
Annick Drouin, QC Ministry of Environment
11:10 – 11:30MICRA / MRBP Recommendations
Greg Conover, Fish and Wildlife Service / Mississippi River Basin Panel
11:30 – 11:50GLC / GLP Recommendations
Ceci Weibert, Great Lakes Commission / Great Lakes Panel
11:50 – 12:00Discussion / Q&A
12:00 – 1:00LUNCH
1:00 – 1:30Regional Panel Recommendations
1:30 – 1:45Decisional: European Green Crab Management Plan
Theresa Thom, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
1:45 – 2:00Decisional: New Jersey State ANS Management Plan
Heather Desko, New Jersey Water Supply Authority 
2:00 – 2:45Update on emerging invasive soft coral issue in the Pacific and Caribbean
Joe Krieger, PhD. NOAA Invasive species Coordinator 
Maria Vega-Rodriguez, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources 
Elizabeth Monaghan, Hawai'i Division of Aquatic Resources
2:45 – 3:00BREAK
3:00 – 4:15EDRR Subcommittee Discussion  
EDRR Framework Update (Craig Martin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife)
EDRR Subcommittee Updates (Wesley Daniel, U.S. Geological Survey)
ISAC/ANSTF Recommendations (Wesley Daniel, U.S. Geological Survey)
Invasive Species Experts Database (Aimee Agnew, U.S. Geological Survey) 
4:15 – 4:45Control Subcommittee Discussion
Species Management Plan Decision Making (Kim Bogenschutz, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies)  
4:45 – 4:55Public Comment
5:00Meeting Summary/Adjourn