AIS Awareness & Response

The total economic losses to aquatic invasive species (AIS) were estimated at $5 billion a year in 2005. MSU Extension works to raise public awareness of AIS in the Great Lakes region. We partner with volunteer organizations on preventing the introduction of new species, developing rapid response programs, controlling the spread of established species, and mitigating invasive species’ ecological and socioeconomic impacts. We help create and educate volunteer networks whose work can increase community pride and leverage funding to maximize control of invasive species at the minimum cost.