Aquatic Invasives Grant
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
In September 2016, New Zealand mudsnails (potamopyrgus antipodarum) were discovered in Badger Mill Creek during a routine stream monitoring session by Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District. This project was proposed because it's unknown what the impact NZM will have on the overall ecosystem in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, their small size, ability to reproduce asexually, and operculate shell makes them a prime candidate to spread via animals or recreationalists. Research indicates NZM has no native predators in Wisconsin, and offer no nutritional value to fish or other species. The immediate fear is NZM will outcompete native snails, daphnia, and other lower food chain species and create major problems in the future.
Grant AIRR22117 awarded