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Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) continue to pose one of the most serious threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem. An average of one new species is discovered in the Great Lakes ecosystem every eight months, and once present, eradication is often impossible. Prevention is vital to stemming ecosystem impacts from new invasive species. And, because AIS easily transfer from watershed to watershed, it is absolutely critical that comprehensive national action be taken to combat the spread of AIS.


Legislative Activities

Great Lakes States’ Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Permanently Prevent Asian Carp from Invading the Great Lakes
Office of Senator Debbie Stabenow (2010-06-30)
Today U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation in the Senate, and Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) introduced legislation in the House, to permanently prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from entering the Great Lakes. The Permanent Prevention of Asian Carp Act will require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct and expedite a study detailing engineering options in order to determine the best way to permanently separate the Mississippi River Basin from Lake Michigan.

Senators Ask for Funding to Implement Asian Carp Plan
Office of Senator Dick Durbin (2010-05-05)
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today led a group of Senators in asking a Senate Committee to include $20 million to fund the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Management and Control Plan for Bighead, Black, Grass, and Silver Carps in the United States in the FY11 Interior and related agencies appropriations bill.

House Subcommittee Hearing on Invasive Species
House Natural Resources Committee (2010-03-23)
The House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, led by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife, led by Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU), will hold a joint oversight hearing on "How to Manage Large Constrictor Snakes and Other Invasive Species."



Legislative Priorities

 AIS Dispersal Barrier System

 AIS Program Implementation

 AIS Screening Legislation

 Asian Carp Prevention

 Ballast Water Regulation

 Sea Lamprey Control

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