Job Openings: WNY PRISM is looking to fill our 2015 Education & Outreach and Invasive Species Managment Assistant Positions
WNY PRISM is now accepting applications for our 2015 Education and Outreach Assistant Position and 2015 Invasive Species Management Assistant Positions (3). The Education and Outreach Assistant will be involved with the development of education and outreach materials, programs, events, and opportunities throughout our region, and help maintain and update our website, social media, and community events calendar. Our Invasive Species Management Crew will conduct invasive species surveys and mapping, assist with invasive species control and removal efforts, and represent WNY PRISM at community events. Both of these position offer a great opportunity to learn about invasive species management, gain work experience, and meet many of our great Partners! Please notice that the deadlines for these positions are different. The Education and Outreach Assistant Position closes on 3/13/2015 and the Invasive Species Management Assistant Positions close on 3/31/2015. To see a full job description and to apply, please visit: https://www.rfhiring.com/jobs.asp.
News Release: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Hydrilla Risk Assessment Contract
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Hydrilla Risk Assessment Contract
Buffalo, NY -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District awarded a two year, $1.1 million contract, September 2014, to Ecology and Environment, Inc. (E&E) in support of the Great Lakes Hydrilla Risk Assessment using funds through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Hydrilla is a highly invasive aquatic plant species that was first introduced to the southern United Stated in the 1960's from Asia. More recently there have been a noticeable number of infestations in the glacial lakes of the Northeast and Midwest. Hyrilla infestations have potential to cause significant ecological and economic losses.
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An underwater view of dense hydrilla beds in the Erie Canal, NY
NYSDEC Releases Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for Public Comment - Public Comments Accepted Through December 15
“Prevention of aquatic invasive species is critical to the long-term vitality of waterways across New York State,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “This strategic plan details proposals to further our efforts to help ensure AIS-free waters remain free and additional AIS are not introduced to other waters. We welcome the public’s ideas and feedback on the draft strategy.”
The action-based Strategic Plan updates DEC’s “Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Management Plan,” which was written in 1993. The draft plan includes more than 50 actions designed to address prevention, detection, and response to AIS. Proposed actions include:
- Expand the boat launch steward program statewide;
- Develop an AIS response framework to guide decision making when AIS are detected, and communicate the reasoning for the response selected;
- Implement an AIS public awareness campaign and evaluate its effectiveness in reaching target audiences;
- Expand the use of AIS disposal stations at waterway access sites;
- Establish regional “first responder” AIS teams to incorporate local expertise in planning and implementing appropriate AIS responses; and
- Identify and evaluate risks associated with pathways for AIS introduction and movement within New York.
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A link to the Draft AIS Plan and information on how to submit comments are here http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/99053.html