Some of the biggest threats to the Upper Mississippi River ecosystem are invasive, nonnative species. These threats are increasing and may negatively alter the UMR ecosystem. Invasive species can become established through migration, human and animal activities, and weather events.
Partnership objectives established to aid in slowing or stopping the spread include collaborative education and outreach, establishing partner agency points of contact, and engagement sites like SharePoint. This allows for open communication and sampling efforts to keep participating agencies and partners abreast of spread and help set eradication goals.