Finalization of Prevention and Response Plans under the Invasive Species Act, 2015 for European water chestnut and water soldier

A decision notice was posted today on the Environmental Registry of Ontario to provide notification that Prevention and Response Plans for European water chestnut and water soldier under the Invasive Species Act, 2015 are now in effect. 

European water chestnut and water soldier are prohibited species under the Invasive Species Act, 2015.  It is illegal to import, possess, deposit, release, transport, breed/grow, buy, sell, lease, or trade these species in Ontario.

These Prevention and Response plans include provisions to authorize certain activities otherwise prohibited by the Act.  Individuals acting in accordance with the conditions of these plans to monitor, manage, control or eradicate these species in Ontario are not required to obtain additional individual authorizations under the Invasive Species Act, 2015.

This decision follows the review of comments that were received during the public consultation period on the draft prevention and response plans which took place from February 13 to April 14, 2020.

To view the decision notice respecting the finalization of these plans please visit the Environmental Registry of Ontario at www.ero.ontario.ca

using the following registry number: 019-1163 - Developing Prevention and Response Plans for European water chestnut and water soldier under the Invasive Species Act, 2015.

For additional information on these species, please visit:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/managing-invasive-species-ontario.

The past and current reported distribution of European water chestnut and water soldier in Ontario can be viewed at:

Water soldier:  https://www.eddmaps.org/ontario/distribution/viewmap.cfm?sub=6488

European Water Chestnut: https://www.eddmaps.org/ontario/distribution/viewmap.cfm?sub=3499

If you have questions or wish to discuss these plans further, please contact Jeremy Downe, Senior Invasive Species Program and Policy Advisor at 705-761-3970 or jeremy.downe@ontario.ca.

Thank you for your ongoing support in managing invasive species across the province.

Sincerely,

 

Christie Curley

A/Director, Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch