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GLIN==> ACTION: Sign onto a AIS letter/media packet to Congress: due April 18th



Dear friends of the Great Lakes,

 

Great Lakes United is coordinating with the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) to build support for comprehensive aquatic invasive species legislation in Washington DC.  From just 2007 alone, NECIS has collected over 50 media clippings from across the country reflecting the rapidly growing support for AIS prevention and control, and is planning to widely distribute this media packet to almost 200 offices on the Hill.

 

PLEASE SIGN ON to the simple Congressional letter on the need for Aquatic Invasive Species legislation, with accompanying an extensive media packet (see below for text).

 

This sign on is not just for NGO’s! Any organization, business, agency, academic or other stakeholder group interested in advancing AIS legislation is welcome to join this effort. Please send the signatories name and organization to Lindsay Graham at: grahaml@nwf.org by noon Wednesday, April 18. If you have any questions, please call Lindsay at: 202-797-6807.

 

Thank you for your effort to protect the Great Lakes from aquatic invaders!

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Nalbone

Great Lakes United

 

 

>>> TEXT OF SIGN ON LETTER>>>

 

April 19, 2007

 

Dear Congressman/Congresswoman:

 

Aquatic invasive species are threatening America's waters, wildlife, and economy.  As the attached news articles show, the media has recognized the importance of this issue to our country. Environmental groups, scientists, sportsmen, boating equipment manufacturers, state agencies, and the media all agree: Congress must pass comprehensive legislation to fight the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.

 

Our organizations' members and supporters urge you to support a comprehensive bill that will reduce the introduction and spread of aquatic invaders by enacting uniform standards for ballast water discharge; screening aquatic species for invasiveness before import; supporting education and outreach programs to reduce the potential for harmful introductions; creating a “Rapid Response” system for containment, control, and eradication of initial invasions in aquatic systems; and authorizing additional research to ensure that proper methods are developed to prevent, control, and eradicate aquatic invaders. 

 

Invasive species are one of the worst threats to native biodiversity, inflicting damage to ecosystems, and they are a great threat to our local economies.  They can push native species to extinction, and harm a wide variety of industries, including fisheries and water supplies. Damages from, and control measures for, aquatic invaders cost this country tens of billions of dollars each year.

 

The attached media articles reflect America’s broad support of comprehensive federal legislation. Now it is now time for Congress to do the same. For more information, please contact Lindsay Graham, Wildlife Grants Media Coordinator, at 202-797-6807 or grahaml@nwf.org.

 

Sincerely,

 

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>>>ATTACHED MEDIA>>

Wish you weren’t here: Quagga mussels invade the West. Dealing with them won’t be a vacation.

High Country News, March 5, 2007

 

Invasion of the zebra mussel

U.S. News & World Report, March 5, 2007

 

State environmental groups want to join federal lawsuit to protect Great Lakes

Detroit Free Press, April 9, 2007

 

Water weeds can affect many lives

Orlando Sentinel, April 8, 2007

 

Virus having impact on two hobbies

The Times Herald, April 6, 2007

 

Invasive mussels seen as threat to Northwest

OregonLive.com, April 2, 2007

 

Fighting a fish killer: DNR to instill new rules to combat virus believed to be in Lake Michigan

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 1, 2007

 

Iowans join the fight against pesky invaders
Des Moines Register, April 2, 2007

 

Boaters beware: small mussel heading west
Canyon Lake Friday Flyer, March 30, 2007

 

Ballast water law will help protect our Great Lakes

The Muskegon Chronicle, March 27, 2007

 

Bill would help stop alien species from invading Great Lakes

Dayton Daily news, March 25, 2007

 

Lakes face new threat

Ironwood Daily Globe, March 22, 2007

 

Best saltwater ship policy is ban

Detroit Free Press, March 22, 2007

 

Invasion: Multiplying mussels threaten waters

Desert News, March 22, 2007

 

Seaway reopens lakes to ships, exotic species
Toledo Blade, March 21, 2007

 

It lurks from within: Invasive species again addressed by lawmakers

The Muskegon Chronicle, March 19, 2007

 

Great Lakes group urges foreign ship ban

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 19, 2007

 

Tiny mussels, big problem: Meet Quagga

The Desert Sun, March 11, 2007

 

Don’t water down state’s new, tighter ballast rules

Detroit Free Press, March 11, 2007

 

Fish virus heading to Lake Superior?

Marquette Mining Journal, April 12, 2007

 

Scientists fear deadly fish virus heading toward Lake Michigan

Bradenton, FL Herald, April 11, 2007

Houston Chronicle, April 10, 2007

Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, April 10, 2007

Sauk Valley Newspapers, April 10, 2007

Macon Telegraph, April 10, 2007

Monterey County Herald, April 10, 2007

Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 10, 2007

West Central Tribune, April 10, 2007

MichiganLive.com, April 10, 2007

 

Fish virus may be headed to Lake Michigan

Business Week, April 10, 2007

 

Screening Imported Species Could Save Billions
Western Farmer-Stockman, April 4, 2007 Pathogen stalks fish

 

Invasive mussels move west, worry biologists
The Olympian, Apr 3, 2007

 

Invasive mussels seen as threat to Northwest
Coos Bay World, April 3, 2007

 

Aggressive action must be taken against milfoil
Kennebec Journal, April 3, 2007

 

Scientists urge action; shipping industry fears cost of controlling virus could be catastrophic

The Toronto Star, April 03, 2007

 

Invasive mussels seen as threat to Northwest

The Oregonian, April 2, 2007

The Associated Press, April 2, 2007
Northwest News Channel 8, kgw.com, Apr 2, 2007

 

Bay workers clear invasive plants
Aiken Standard, April 2, 2007

 

Invasive mussels edge nearer Northwest
OregonLive.com, Apr 1, 2007

 

Bayfield County establishes invasive species committee

The Daily Press, March 30th, 2007

 

Water fleas may prompt Voyageurs restrictions

Duluth News Tribune, March 28, 2007

 

DNR adds lakes to list of infested waters

Duluth News Tribune, Published Wednesday, March 28, 2007

 

Ballast water law will help protect our Great Lakes

The Muskegon Chronicle, Tuesday, March 27, 2007

 

Destructive mussels lurk as threat to Montana's waterways
Montana Forum, Mar 26, 2007
The Missoulian,  Mar 24, 2007

 

Spiny water flea affects bait-gathering in N. Minn.
West Central Tribune, Mar 19, 2007
Pioneer Press, Mar 19, 2007

 

Spiny water fleas affect bait gathering
Crookston Daily Times, Mar 19, 2007

 

Tiny shrimp is newest threat to Great Lakes

The Columbus Dispatch, March 18, 2007

 

State shouldn’t compromise in fight against lake invaders

The Oakland Press, April 11, 2007