Congress Introduces Invasive Species Legislation (Again)

Applause to Senator Carl Levin for reintroducing his comprehensive aquatic invasive species legislation, the National Aquatic Invasive Species Act, a good marker bill that the Great Lakes region has been trying to support, improve and move for 5 years (and 4 Congresses) now and counting.

Senator Levin’s press release states:

“Invasive species wreak havoc on our waterways and cost us billions each year,” said Levin, who is a co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force. “Because it has proven immeasurably difficult to fight invasive species once they have entered our waters, these bills are focused on preventative measures that will tackle the problem at the source.”

Top three things I like about the bill:

It is comprehensive and addresses all vectors that aquatic invasive species can be introduced
It doesn’t preempt the states
It doesn’t preempt the Clean Water Act

Now it’s time to pass the bill.

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