Capitol Hill Lunch Seminar - Monday, February 26, 2018

Infrastructure and Invasive Species


Topic Abstract

Mr. Vissichelli will present a review of the assessment he recently completed looking at impacts by invasive species on infrastructure owned and managed by the United States government. The assessment will be used to inform the changes necessary to prevent the costly and potentially life-threatening impacts of invasive species on U.S. infrastructure. Impacts have been identified on various types of infrastructure managed by the federal government including power, water, transportation and building systems. Specifically those facilities are impacted by invasive species in ways that effect their integrity, operational readiness, capacity, efficiency, health and safety. Mr. Vissichelli will provide a comprehensive look at the ways in which invasive species are impacting federal infrastructure and how we can better approach future management to reduce their impacts on federal infrastructure.

 

Presenter: Michael Vissichelli, US Army Corps of Engineers

Mike is with the NISC Secretariat as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) detailee. In this role, he is leading an assessment of the impacts of invasive species on federally owned and managed infrastructure. Mr. Vissichelli has >20 years’ experience in invasive species management with expertise in impacts to infrastructure. He leads the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division Civil Works Natural Resources and Flood Risk Management programs which includes identifying and funding needs to manage invasive species impacts. Since 2014, Mike has served as the USACE Operations Program Manager responsible for coordination, administration, and management of recreation, environmental stewardship, natural resources, environmental compliance, sustainability, flood risk management, hydropower and asset management for more than 50 Civil Works Water Development projects located across the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. He received a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, New York.