Coalition Turns up Heat on Congress to Confront Threat of Invasive Species

As a deadly non-native fish virus spreads throughout the Great Lakes threatening the region’s sport fishery and small businesses, the Healing Our Waters Coalition is turning up the heat on Congress to pass laws to stop the onslaught of aquatic invasive species.

Today, more than 75 organizations from the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition are sending letters to the U.S. House of Representative and Senate urging them to respond to the urgent threat that invasive species pose to the Great Lakes, our health, our economy, and our way of life.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The Great Lakes region and our nation need a comprehensive approach that prevents new invasive species from destroying our environment and economy. Any new law must end ships from dumping untreated ballast water into the Great Lakes.”

You can read the full House letter HOW Coalition Invasive Species Letter 2007-06-05or Senate letter here.

At the same time, the coalition is asking people to call their elected officials today and tomorrow.

You can help in the battle against aquatic invasive species.

Go to our action alert and make a call to your U.S. representative and senators.

P.S. if you want to read first-hand how invasive species are threatening the Great Lakes sport and recreational fishery, read today’s op-ed in the Detroit Free Press by Tony Hansen of Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

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