AIS Strategic Plan

In August of 2010, Washington County received an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Control Grant through the WI Department of Natural Resources. The grant required Washington County to develop a countywide strategic plan for AIS prevention and control. The strategic plan describes how AIS can be detrimental to aquatic ecosystems and pin points where AIS have been identified. The plan also recommends goals and strategies for combating AIS and engaging in AIS education and outreach as well as identifying entities responsible for plan implementation.

As part of the planning process, an Advisory Committee (AC) was established to guide the preparation of the AIS Strategic Plan. The AC was comprised of members from lake protection and rehabilitation districts and lakeowners associations throughtout Washington County. The AC reviewed plan chapters and identified recommendations for plan goals, objectives and actions. The AIS strategic plan was approved by the AC on December 3, 2012 and forwarded to the Washington County Land Conservation Committee (LCC). The LCC conducted a public hearing on December 19, 2012 and recommended approval of the plan to the Washington County Board of Supervisors. The County Board adopted the plan by resolution on February 12, 2013. Upon adoption, the plan became a guide to be used by County officials and staff in making aquatic invasive species management decisions.


Strategic Plan (02/12/13)
Cover and Intro Pages (pdf)
Chapter 1 (pdf)
Chapter 2 (pdf)
Chapter 3 (pdf)
Chapter 4 (pdf)
Chapter 5 (pdf)
Appendices (pdf)

Executive Summary (pdf)

2012 Agendas
05/31 AIS Committee Meeting
07/24 AIS Committee Meeting
08/23 AIS Committee Meeting
09/19 AIS Committee Meeting
10/23 AIS Committee Meeting
12/03 AIS Committee Meeting


While prevention is the most effective approach to AIS, early detection and rapid response is critical to eradication or control before invasive species become widespread. Monitoring and reporting locations of invasive species is also vital to preventing the spread of aquatic invaders.

AIS - Identification and Response Guide (pdf)

AIS - Identification and Response Report Form (pdf)