An article by Spencer Hunt of the Columbus Dispatch reminds us not to forget about our great fight with invasive species in the Lakes. The story makes it clear we need to implore our US Congress to pass restrictions on ballast water discharges as soon as possible. We continue to write and speak about the crisis point that we are at – that no return is just around the corner – yet the valuable Ballast Bill of 2007 and 2008 continues to languish. “We have never been able to eliminate any aquatic invader that’s gotten into the (Great Lakes) system,” Thomas Johengen a University of Michigan ecosystem research scientist,told the Dispatch. There are already more than a dozen invaders in the Lakes that cost us roughly $100 billion a year. We simply can’t wait any longer for a sturdy national ballast standard.

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