2012 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
1. Resurvey aquatic vegetation in water bodies that were surveyed during the previous agreement periods in order to determine: a) the expansion of invasive plant populations and, b) their effects on native aquatic ecosystems.
2. Educate and provide public with aquatic vegetation control options based on scientific information gathered during the past several years by organizing public workshops and outreach programs, and submitting research papers for publishing in scientific journals.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Research Station (CAES) now have many years of surveillance data on 218 water bodies in the State of Connecticut. Most of the vegetation survey results are being incorporated in CAES website (www.ct.gov/caes/iapp). During this proposed agreement period, lakes previously visited and identified as important in terms of the rapidity of invasive plant expansion and their impact on native vegetation will be resurveyed and the research information gathered will be incorporated in the website for public to view. During this period workshops and outreach programs will also be organized to educate general public as well as other organizations responsible for maintaining water bodies in various parts of the State of Connecticut. Research results from previous agreement periods will be submitted to scientific journals for publication.
This research relates to inhouse Objective 5: Release and establish the populations of released agents, evaluate efficacy, and corroborate environmental safety of approved biological control agents and develop and distribute the technology to customers in order to expedite their adoption and deployment.
The project agreement ended and has been extended for the period of 03/01/2012 thru 09/30/2012 in order to help collaborators finish up some of the projects started during previous years. A final report for this project will be submitted by collaborator at the end of the aforementioned extended project.