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The Lethality of Hot Water and Ozone on Aquatic Invasive Species

Supervisor - Terrance Hubert
Principal Investigator
– Riley Buley


With the increasing prevalence of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in the Chicago Area Waterways System (CAWS), the implementation of new control techniques to inhibit the dispersal of AIS is strongly desired. For a technique to be a truly viable option, the process would inhibit the movement of AIS between the Mississippi River Basin and the Great Lakes. A physical barrier separating these regions would be the best preventative measure, but the CAWS depends on the continued movement of boat traffic between these two watersheds to support commercial activities. For this reason, chemical treatment as a form of a disinfectant has been proposed, specifically to be used within the O’Brien and Brandon Road Lock systems of the CAWS. Lock systems, where boat traffic must pass through a narrow, containable area, may be the optimal locations for controlling movement of AIS because they provide access points to both watersheds. Lock treatment processes that successfully eliminate AIS from boat hulls, nautical equipment, and the surrounding lock water, while being cost effective and time efficient are highly desired. Two options, hot water and ozone, have been suggested as the most practical options to accomplish this task. This study will assess the toxicity of short term (≤ 30 min) exposures of hot water, ozone, alone, and in combination, to selected AIS species.  


  1. Assess the lethality of hot water and ozone, individually and in combination, to select aquatic invasive and native species


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