Synthesis Topics

Research and Practices Related to Seaplane Operations and Invasive Species Control.

The purpose of this synthesis is to compile research, reports, and practices related to state and local regulations, seaplane operation, policy issues, arguments for and against aircraft and motorboat usage, and sample regulations, practices or guidelines regarding invasive species control.

 

The synthesis will serve as a useful reference document for presenting data and informing policymakers, seaplane operators, regulators, and other users on invasive species threat assessment and risk management; academic and industry study; standards; and current best practices.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

ACRP Synthesis 61, Practices in Preserving and Developing Public-Use Seaplane Bases, identified numerous threats, pressures, and challenges that face the development and preservation of seaplane bases and their use. One key issue affecting their development and use is that of invasive species control. The 1972 Clean Water Act and U.S. National Invasive Species Act of 1996 established laws related to the protection of our nation's water resources from harmful effects, including invasive species. Carried out at the national, state, and local levels, laws vary regarding requirements and restrictions of vessels, motorboats, seaplanes and other transports operating on water. The lack of familiarity by policymakers and the general public about SPB facilities, services, operation, and benefits can result in opposition to existing and future development.

Perspectives vary among policy-makers and regulators as to whether or not seaplane operations provide a greater or reduced risk or threat of transporting invasive species than do motorboats or other water types of operations. A state or federal agency may seek to use the potential of invasive species transmittal as an opportunity to restrict seaplane operations while allowing motorboat operation. Fears and different perspectives on seaplane operational risks, threats, and practicalities exist and are the result of the varying degrees to which policy-makers and operators are informed of the issues. The proposed synthesis can serve as primary data source or reference document for making informed decisions about the practices, laws, and operations of seaplanes relative to invasive species control.

SAMPLE INFORMATION SOURCES:

 

Seaplane Pilots Association
URL: seaplanepilotsassociation.org/invasive-species/

Practices in Preserving and Developing Public-Use Seaplane Bases. Quilty, S.M. 2015. ACRP Synthesis 61.

Avoiding the transport of invasive species by seaplane. Strayer, D.L., 2009.
URL: http://www.caryinstitute.org/publications/avoiding-transport-invasive-species-seaplane

The State of New Mexico (State Parks Division, SPD) is proposing to close all State Lakes to Seaplanes and Floatplanes.
URL: https://jasonjamesbaker.wordpress.com/category/invasive-species/

Overview: Aquatic Invasive Species in Alaska
URL: https://seagrant.uaf.edu/topics/environmental-hazards-alaskas-coasts/aquatic-invasive-species/

Seaplanes blocked by Colorado legislature will land at Kenney Reservoir for BBQ Saturday.
URL: https://coloradopolitics.com/seaplanes-kenney-reservoir-legislature/

How to minimize the chances of seaplanes bringing invasive species into the lake. Wickman, T.W. Marquette Law Review.
URL: http://lac-louisa.ca/2015/index.php/en/home-en/environment/water-related/122-how-to-minimize-the-chances-of-seaplanes-bringing-invasive-species-into-the-lake

New Texas Statutes Aimed at Halting Zebra Mussels. Brown, J. 2013.
URL: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:v57pB8DON5MJ:https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/bitstream/handle/2152/28191/2013_09_20_New_Texas_Statutes_Aimed_at_Halting_Zebra_Mussels.pdf%3Fsequence%3D2+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1-ab

Biology and Management of Invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels in the Western United States. Harmen. W.M. 2015.

Statutes and Regulations Relevant to the Control and Prevention of Aquatic Invasive/Nuisance Species of the Member States of the Midwestern Governors Association. 2013.

Best Practices in Port Management: An Assessment of Two Ports. Bacchioni, A. URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10161/490

Invasive elodea threatens remote ecosystem services: A spatially-explicit bioeconomic risk analysis. Schwoerer, T. 2017
URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321920875_Invasive_elodea_threatens_remote_ecosystem_services_A_spatially-explicit_bioeconomic_risk_analysis

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The purpose of this synthesis is to compile research, reports, and practices related to state and local regulations, seaplane operation, policy issues, arguments for and against aircraft and motorboat usage, and sample regulations, practices or guidelines regarding invasive species control.

The synthesis will serve as a useful reference document for presenting data and informing policymakers, seaplane operators, regulators, and other users on invasive species threat assessment and risk management; academic and industry study; standards; and current best practices.

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