What is SSW?

Learn about Starry Stonewort, an invasive aquatic species threatening the Great Lakes basin.

Our Library

Reports, presentations, training materials, and links to information about Starry Stonewort in the basin.

Volunteer

We need help identifying the extent of the infestation of Starry Stonewort in the Great Lakes basin.

About the Collaborative


The Starry Stonewort Collaborative for the Great Lakes basin strives to enhance the capacity of experts, resource managers and local stakeholders to address Starry Stonewort by:
• Providing general knowledge of Starry Stonewort ECOLOGY
• expanding OUTREACH efforts at all levels but focusing on local communities and organizations
• reviewing and disseminating the best CONTROL techniques

Upcoming Events

Keep informed about what’s going on across the region in the fight against Starry Stonewort and other aquatic invasive species! Events coming soon are listed here, click to get more details. View our full calendar of events here.

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News

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After four years of working to promote the research of starry stonewort, spread awareness, distribute resources, and bring like-minded people together, we regrettably announce that the Starry Stonewort Collaborative is coming to the end of its grant funding and will be wrapping up in September.

There are many people to thank outside of the Finger Lakes Institute that made the Collaborative a success. These include our Expert Panel and Collaborators from all across the Great Lakes basin representing researchers, resource managers and government agencies. These folks helped guide the Collaborative and are conducting much of the ongoing research that helps us all learn how to control (and someday eradicate) starry stonewort.

Many thanks as well to the ever growing “community” of citizen scientists! Through your rake tosses, we’ve collected important data and plotted a number of starry stonewort locations that were previously unrecorded. Your efforts have also continued to raise awareness for the need to control this invader, so keep up the good work with rake tosses and reporting every season!

Finally, thank you to the Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for providing the funding that made this all possible.

As we move through this summer, we will continue with our planned activities and will make the following resources available for as long as possible after September:

The Starry Stonewort Collaborative Website (www.starrystonewort.org)
The Finger Lakes PRISM Website (www.fingerlakesinvasives.org)
A folder with numerous starry stonewort documents (tinyurl.com/SSWdocuments)
The Starry Stonewort Collaborative YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/channel/UCaBY5u3A_pG6YI0uVqO8p0g/featured)

Thank you for all your support and involvement – this was truly a collaborative program!

-The Starry Stonewort Collaborative
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After four years of working to promote the research of starry stonewort, spread awareness, distribute resources, and bring like-minded people together, we regrettably announce that the Starry Stonewort Collaborative is coming to the end of its grant funding and will be wrapping up in September.

There are many people to thank outside of the Finger Lakes Institute that made the Collaborative a success. These include our Expert Panel and Collaborators from all across the Great Lakes basin representing researchers, resource managers and government agencies. These folks helped guide the Collaborative and are conducting much of the ongoing research that helps us all learn how to control (and someday eradicate) starry stonewort.

Many thanks as well to the ever growing “community” of citizen scientists! Through your rake tosses, we’ve collected important data and plotted a number of starry stonewort locations that were previously unrecorded. Your efforts have also continued to raise awareness for the need to control this invader, so keep up the good work with rake tosses and reporting every season!

Finally, thank you to the Environmental Protection Agencys Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for providing the funding that made this all possible.

As we move through this summer, we will continue with our planned activities and will make the following resources available for as long as possible after September:

The Starry Stonewort Collaborative Website (http://www.starrystonewort.org)
The Finger Lakes PRISM Website (http://www.fingerlakesinvasives.org)
A folder with numerous starry stonewort documents (https://tinyurl.com/SSWdocuments)
The Starry Stonewort Collaborative YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaBY5u3A_pG6YI0uVqO8p0g/featured)

Thank you for all your support and involvement – this was truly a collaborative program!

-The Starry Stonewort Collaborative

Don't forget to do some rake tosses tomorrow for our Aquatic Invasive Species Blitz! It can be anywhere/anytime that you like, just go out and see what’s in the water! Make sure you report your findings so we can see how many surveys were done during this special, one day effort. ... See MoreSee Less

Dont forget to do some rake tosses tomorrow for our Aquatic Invasive Species Blitz! It can be anywhere/anytime that you like, just go out and see what’s in the water! Make sure you report your findings so we can see how many surveys were done during this special, one day effort.

If you missed this morning's webinar with Integrated Lake Management's Keith Gray, it can now be found on our YouTube channel! He discussed Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting, starry stonewort, and recent harvesting in Keuka Lake.

You can watch the webinar here:
youtu.be/HojhZzJ1Z0M

Additionally, we were able to meet with Keith and his team in person while they conducted their harvesting and see the process for ourselves. You can view some of the pictures of the harvesting below!
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If you missed this mornings webinar with Integrated Lake Managements Keith Gray, it can now be found on our YouTube channel! He discussed Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting, starry stonewort, and recent harvesting in Keuka Lake.

You can watch the webinar here:
https://youtu.be/HojhZzJ1Z0M

Additionally, we were able to meet with Keith and his team in person while they conducted their harvesting and see the process for ourselves. You can view some of the pictures of the harvesting below!Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

On Sunday, we had the pleasure of working with the Finger Lakes PRISM to give a training session for the Master Naturalist Program. Through preserved samples and time out on the water, participants learned how to identify numerous of the region's aquatic plant species, including priority invasive species. We had a great time and hope they enjoyed things as much as we did! ... See MoreSee Less

On Sunday, we had the pleasure of working with the Finger Lakes PRISM to give a training session for the Master Naturalist Program. Through preserved samples and time out on the water, participants learned how to identify numerous of the regions aquatic plant species, including priority invasive species. We had a great time and hope they enjoyed things as much as we did!Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

In case you missed yesterday's webinar with Dr. Douglas Pullman from the Aquest Corporation, the recording can now be found on our YouTube channel!

Watch it here: youtu.be/5NXwu6JtsdM
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All underwater photography on starrystonewort.org captured by Scott Brown