Each day, pressure mounts on the unique ecosystems that produce the fresh water vital to all life.

Invasive aquatic vegetation degrades water quality, causing health problems for people, loss of habitat for fish and wildlife, and a decrease in property values. It also impacts recreational activities. Although traditional management techniques and tools are available, there is a pressing need to develop new strategies and refine existing ones that can selectively control these aggressive weeds in an environmentally compatible fashion.

Technological improvements can only be achieved through competent and sustainable research and development (R&D) programs. In the past, the federal government has played the prominent role in maintaining a coalition of research scientists, natural resource agencies, academic institutions, and private sector interests for studying and managing nuisance aquatic and wetland
vegetation. However, significant reductions in agency funded R&D programs have created a technological void while invasive aquatic and riparian weeds continue to spread and cause grave environmental damage.

The AERF was formed to fill this void.


The 4th Edition of our Best Management Practices handbook is now available as a PDF. Hard copies will be available in the near future.



Current Topics

Laboratory-scale evaluation of algaecide effectiveness for control of
microcystin-producing cyanobacteria from Lake Okeechobee, Florida

Intervention for microcystin-producing cyanobacteria and
microcystins in freshwater resources:
Development of a decision support document for risk management

AERF has produced a white paper on freshwater boat corrosion & anode protection. View the PDF Here

The AERF is undergoing reorganization, so some pages of the website may be unavailable or have incomplete information for the immediate future.






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