Hydrilla Verticillata Invasion Detection
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Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana

The Nature Conservancy established a program to detect Hydrilla verticillata invasion in Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana.  Hydrilla verticillata is an invasive waterweed from Europe that was introduced to the United States during the 1960’s.  Through the program The Nature Conservancy was able provide a framework to coordinate surveillance efforts between state agencies and community partners, which can increase the potential that new invasion events are detected in the early stage of establishment.  The monitoring program created by this project led to greater coordination between all parties and across state boundaries, ensure that limited resources are deployed effectively, and ensure that priority watersheds are monitored in appropriate timeframes.

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