Adaptive Management Framework

Develop a standard surveying protocol for EFB infestations

Lead: Billy Keiper (

Members: Tom Alwin, Erica Clites, Jessica Fletcher, Rachel Hackett, Louis Jochems, Ryan Wheeler, Alex Wieten, Jesse Wesolek

Anticipated 2020 Outcome: A standard protocol and centralized data management system for statewide EFB delimitation surveying efforts.

Planned 2020 Actions: 

  1. Establish a centralized data housing platform. 

  2. Assign a primary data manager/host. 

  3. Determine how data will be accessed and shared. 

  4. Coalesce on common data attributes. 

  5. Standardize data collection methodology with consideration of variable survey type. 

  6. Refine primary needs for monitoring. 

  7. Build out already existing efforts

Next Steps: 

  1. Implement delimitation surveying protocol in 2021. 


a standard protocol for assessing EFB management outcomes 

Lead: Anna Monfils (

Members: Blake Cahill, Kevin Kapuscinski, Emily Messick, Mike Monfils

Anticipated 2020 Outcome: Data on the efficacy of EFB management actions. 

Planned 2020 Actions: 

  1. Survey CISMA coordinators and state partners to determine management techniques they are likely to use for EFB eradication and control efforts in the next three-years. 

  2. Coordinate with interested CISMA coordinators and state management partners to develop 2020 implementation plan (e.g., site selection, treatment timing). 

  3. Refine STIMP according to results of 2019 pilot implementation and feedback from the EFB Collaborative. 

  4. Assess impact of management actions on EFB and non-target wetland plant functional groups using the STIMP. 

Next Steps: 

  1. Adapt 2021 management plans according to knowledge gained from 2020 STIMP implementation.

  2. Continue post-treatment monitoring in summer 2021. 

Develop a statewide education and outreach plan

Lead: Meaghan Gass (

Members: Shelby Bauer, Erik Elgin, Sarah LeSage, Rochelle Sturtevant, Drew Rayner

Anticipated 2020 Outcome: An education and outreach plan for EFB.

Planned 2020 Actions: 

  1. Compile existing EFB outreach and education resources. 

  2. Adapt draft Communications Plan for EFB in West Michigan for statewide implementation. 

  3. Reach out to managers to inform them about the spread of EFB and the importance of decontamination. 

  4. Develop evaluation metrics for tracking engagement efforts.  

  5. Promote Citizen Science effort (e.g., iNaturalist, MISIN) – Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch for Inland Lakes. 

  6. Reach out to University Partners about graduate student internships. 

  7. Use assessment of stakeholder perceptions of EFB to inform education steps. 

  8. Assess high risk action areas. 

Next Steps:

  1. Implement education and outreach plan in 2021.