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The Invasive Species Center (ISC) was established on 9 August 1993 (Permanent Order 8-1) as the Center for Aquatic Plant Research and Technology (CAPRT), on 1 July 2004 the CAPRT was renamed to the ISC. The ISC is assigned to the Environmental Laboratory (EL), U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), located at the Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The ISC provides a single point of contact in the ERDC for the coordination and facilitation of all invasive species research and resulting technology transfer to: Congress and their staffs; Army Staff; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Headquarters, Major Subordinate Commands, Subordinate Commands, Laboratories, and Field Operating Activities; Installation Commanders and other DOD users; other Federal agencies; state agencies; academia; and private industry and organizations. The ISC addresses Federal-wide invasive species management and technology coordination needs for both civil and military programs. The ISC generates maximum exposure of ERDC's invasive species expertise and optimum utilization of resources.
The ISC provides administrative and technological leadership, facilitation, and coordination of invasive species research and technology development in support of the USACE Aquatic Plant Control Research Program (APCRP), Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program (ANSRP), Integrated Training Area Management (ITAM), Sustainable Military Land Management Research Program (SMLMRP), and other civil works and military programs and projects. Activities include: technical assistance, direct allotted research and development, technology transfer, workshops and seminars, work for others, technical guidance documents, general information requests, and coordination with special interest groups and organizations.
The ISC Advisory Board consists of members from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service; U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Tennessee Valley Authority.