Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Nebraska
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Nebraska Project


Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Program

July 2009 - December 2022


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Aquatic Nuisance Species Taskforce
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency
Invasive Species outreach event

The Nebraska Invasive Species Program has facilitated development and implementation of a Nebraska Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program. Goals are to:
1. decrease the risk of introductions of aquatic invasive species in Nebraska through a watercraft inspection and decontamination program;
2. increase public awareness of aquatic invasive species through an integrated outreach and education program; and
3. increase local and regional collaborations for prevention and management of aquatic invasive species through directed and coordinated communications.

We have conducted boater surveys, watercraft inspections and outreach activities since 2011 to increase public awareness of aquatic invasive species and promote prevention actions among watercraft users; these efforts continued during 2021, were focused in Lincoln and Omaha, and utilized the Regional Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Data Sharing System, which has application at more than 200 locations in the USA and Canada.

The Coordinator served on regional aquatic invasive species panels to coordinate prevention and management efforts across state lines. The Coordinator delivered webinars to various audiences, and disseminated and shared with partners over 15,000 outreach materials during 2021. We collected water samples for a U.S. Geological Survey eDNA pilot study on zebra mussel detection.

Nebraska had three zebra mussel infested waterbodies (in June 2021): Lewis and Clark Lake, Missouri River, and Offutt Air Force Base Lake. The water level at Glenn Cunningham Lake was drawn down during 2018 in an effort to freeze and kill a zebra mussel infestation; this lake was reopened during 2021 and will be closely monitored to determine if the eradication effort was successful.

We ran advertisements in Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s guides and other printed publications, and on two billboards. We purchased a trailered CD3 waterless watercraft cleaning station during 2021; a stationary unit was already in place at Lewis and Clark Lake. We monitor use of both units through an online platform.