Tell Congress to Pass Invasive Species Legislation Now

You can help in the fight against invasive species.

The Problem
Invasive species are the most pressing issues facing the Great Lakes region. They pose an unrelenting threat to the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem and economy. There are 185 known invasive species already in the Great Lakes, and a new one arrives on average every 28 weeks. Once a new species establishes itself, it is almost impossible to remove and incredibly difficult to contain. In instances where an invasive species is controlled, efforts must be sustained over the long-term in order to keep it from making a comeback. Immediate action on the part of federal policymakers is needed to help meet the challenges presented by invasive species.

Congress has had years to deal with the issue but has failed to act. Every day we wait the problems with invasive species get worse and the solutions get more costly.

The Solution
Congress has manageable solutions to this problem contained in comprehensive legislation—the Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act. It’s time for them to pass this bill and stand up for the millions of people who depend on the Great Lakes.

Take Action
This Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5-6, please call your U.S. Representative and Senators. Please let them know any personal connection you have with the invasive species problem.

Also tell them:

  • Passing strong invasive species legislation is priority number one for the Great Lakes this year;
  • We can no longer stand by complacently as wave after wave of new invaders enter the lakes, fouling drinking water, killing off fish, disrupting small businesses, and costing citizens billions of dollars in damage and control costs;
  • It is long past time to deal with this problem. Congress must act now by passing strong invasive species legislation this year.
  • The Capitol Switchboard, where you can be connected to their offices, is (202) 224-3121.

    It’s not clear yet what legislative vehicle we’ll have the best opportunity to support. The importance of your action is to convey the message that invasive species is priority number one for the Great Lakes and Congress must pass legislation this year.

    Let us know what you hear
    Please send us a note when you’ve taken action and let us know any feedback you receive from Congressional offices. Send an email to

    This entry was posted in Take Action. Bookmark the permalink.

    Comments are closed.