Aquatic Invasive Species

Author: State
Media Type: Website
Water Monitoring Keywords: Monitoring Planning, Biological and Habitat
Watershed 101 Keywords: Watershed Planning, Water Quality and Pollution
Water Resource Type: Broadly Applicable
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Specific Agency Author: Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP)

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are those that impact water bodies and wetlands. Whether they come on the trailers or hulls of recreational boats, or from the water of an angler’s bait bucket, several non-native invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and New Zealand mud snails have found their way into Montana’s water bodies. Their presence can cause severe damage to local ecosystems, industry and tourism.