Component 7

Objective: Ensure the relevance and effectiveness of the 100th Meridian Initiative in stopping the spread of zebra mussels and other ANS.

As the Initiative evolves, timely and comprehensive evaluation of the relevance and effectiveness of actions taken are required to respond to needed changes. Evaluation protocol will provide a mechanism to assess whether Initiative objectives have been met. Deficiencies will be noted, and if required, modifications will be recommended.

Assessments will be prepared by those who directly implement the Initiative. An annual meeting to include key personnel, such as representatives from Federal, State, Provinces, and Tribes private agencies who are implementing the Initiative. Representatives will discuss the assessments and evaluate the Initiative's activities. An annual evaluation report will be prepared. Although required changes to the Initiative will be incorporated, if elements of this Initiative are not effective, they will be eliminated.


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