Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention and Early Detection
Aquatic organisms like the spiny water flea, hydrilla, and zebra mussel have the potential to negatively impact water quality, limit recreation opportunities, and increase the cost of delivering clean drinking water. These species and others have been spreading throughout New York State and have had some serious consequences. Their presence has been linked with harmful algal blooms, clogged intake pipes and lower numbers of sport fish in the water bodies they have invaded.
Here are some of the projects DEP is engaged in to prevent invasive species like these from making their way into our reservoirs and detecting them early if they do arrive: