Aquatic Invasive Species Pond and Lake Vulnerability Prioritization for New York
This tool is designed to help managers select a subset of high priority waterbodies from all lakes and ponds within New York State (or a selected region within NYS) based on risks related to aquatic invasive species. In sequential order, follow the tabs on the left-side panel to filter down the full list of waterbodies to a priority subset by setting thresholds for the following:
- Risk of Introduction
- Risk of Establishment
- Potential Impact of Invasion
As you set thresholds, the selected waterbodies will be totaled in the boxes along the top, and highlighted on the map in the corresponding color.
Managers can use the output of this tool to help guide aquatic survey or management priorities. As this tool cannot capture all factors that influence management decisions, the user is expected to further refine and research the results, and interpret them accordingly.
This tool was developed by the New York Natural Heritage Program with guidance from an advisory committee of statewide and regional aquatic invasive species experts. Please refer to our project page for more information and guidance on using this tool.