Ballast water resources now available
In November, the GLC brought stakeholders together to review the status of preventing aquatic invasive species introduction and spread through ballast water discharge. This workshop provided an opportunity for representatives of federal, state and provincial agencies, industry, ports, researchers, and environmental groups to share information and develop a common base of understanding of current conditions – and associated challenges and opportunities.
The workshop included presentations and discussion on the current regulatory framework (including federal legislation), the status of treatment technology, the state of the science, and stakeholder perspectives on ballast water management in the U.S. and Canada. Two briefing papers were prepared to provide background information for workshop participants, both of which are now available on our website. In addition, a GIS-based story map was developed to simulate a real ship’s voyage and the ballast water management compliance steps it would implement along the way. The story map is now also available online.