Aquatic invasive species damage the region’s economy, environment, and quality of life. Each year, businesses and citizens spend billions of dollars in damages and control costs due to invasive species like the zebra mussel and sea lamprey. Invasive species:
- Foul beaches;
- Harm commercial and recreational fishing;
- Clog power plants and municipal water infrastructure; and,
- Disrupt the food chain – leading to the regional extinction of species.
To date, at least 180 non-native species have entered the Great Lakes, and a new non-native species is discovered every 28 weeks.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We have manageable solutions. It is time for Congress to use them, because every day we wait, the problems get worse and more costly.