A Growing Problem
Invasive species is an ongoing problem in fresh water lakes around the world. They can cause devastating ecological impacts, most importantly the choking out of a native species. Impacts from invasive species can be felt on the human level as well. This can range from the fouling of man-made drainage systems, human injury, or the inability to utilize recreational bathing areas. An introduction of an invasive species to any environment can bring one or several of these consequences with it, all of which comes at a financial strain to any community.
The problem of invasive species has literally been brought right to DFWI's doorstep when the Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea), established itself in a 3 acre area in Lake George, NY, the institutes base of operations. DFWI, along with local and state lake agencies, sprung into action to combat this new threat to the Lake George ecosystem.
At this point in time, there are 3 invasive species on which DFWI focuses: