Infrastructure and Invasive Species

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) supports prioritizing funding for invasive species prevention and management from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58). Focusing on creating jobs for invasive species prevention, education, management, and research will enhance and help to secure America’s future. NAISMA recommends funding be used for the following high priority, nationwide prevention strategies and management activities:
  • Install PlayCleanGo® boot brush stations, signs, and tools at all federally owned or managed public trailheads and outdoor recreation sites.
  • Expand InvasivesU by developing and making available new educational and informational online invasive species training opportunities.
  • Provide support for the Certified Weed Free Products program and strategically broaden it to all states, including establishing a cost-share program for inspection services and incentives for agricultural and industrial producers.
  • Implement watercraft inspection and decontamination stations at federally owned or managed public waters with motorized boating access, and along major E-W highways along the 100th meridian.
  • Build and maintain watercraft decontamination “dip tanks” (similar to at Lake Powell) at Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and Lake Pleasant to contain quagga mussels in the Lower Colorado River Basin.
NAISMA advocates across all governmental regulatory agencies for increased capacity for invasive species programs, along with the implementation of standards and indicators to measure the impacts of invasive species. Education by NAISMA on the topic of infrastructure and invasive species during the 117th Congress include:
During the 116th Congress in May of 2020, NAISMA released a position paper on Transportation Funding and Invasive Species Management.