Charges of the Office of Aquatic Invasive Species:
- Coordinate research efforts in the state associated with AIS control and eradication to reduce duplication of efforts and costs.
- Serve as a repository for statewide data on the health of rivers, lakes, and ponds in relation to the presence of AIS.
- Regularly survey the health and ecological viability of the state waterways in relation to the presence and threat of AIS.
- Educate the public about aquatic invasive plants and steps the public can take to reduce the plants’ impact.
- Advise municipalities on management of AIS.
- Be a liaison among organizations and state agencies (such as DEEP, Department of Agriculture, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Connecticut Federation of Lakes and Ponds Associations, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, municipal inland wetlands commissions, Connecticut River Conservancy, and councils of governments) for AIS control and eradication issues.
- Coordinate with the Invasive Plants Council.