The Aquatic Invasives Strike Force (AISF), a Trail Conference Conservation Corps crew funded through the Lower Hudson PRISM, is committed to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species through education and outreach to active users of New York’s waterways while supporting management efforts through early detection surveys and manual removal of target species.
What We Do
As AmeriCorps members, the AISF crew spends the season surveying and mapping aquatic invasive species occurrences throughout the Lower Hudson region, which are critical for early detection and rapid response efforts. The crew also participates in manual removals of invasive species like water chestnut (Trapa natans), monitors water quality, assists in outreach events and trainings, as well as conducts watercraft inspections for the Lower Hudson PRISM Watercraft Inspection Steward Program. The AISF crew is managed, in part, by the LHPRISM Aquatic Invasive Species Program, hosted by Teatown Lake Reservation.
In 2020, the AISF crew surveyed more than 2,900 acres in 41 lakes, removed 91,000 invasive plants, and educated nearly 1,000 boaters and anglers about AIS.