Tell U.S Congress to Keep Invasive Species Out of the Great Lakes

Canadians Should Call On Their Government To Keep These Harmful Invaders Out Of Our Great Lakes Water Too – Read More On What You Can Do Below

A Call-Out from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a U.S.-based citizens group

Posted September 12, 2016 on Niagara At Large

A Message to all who care about the health of the Great Lakes

The U.S. Congress is at it again.

Despite our efforts to remove an amendment that would significantly weaken ballast cleanup rules, the main way to stop new invasive species introductions via ships on the lakes, Congress is again trying to attach it to legislation in both the House and Senate.

Quagga Mussels are native to the Ukraine and Eastern Europe region and is not supposed to be in the Great Lakes because it competes and pushes away native species that are a vital part of the foodchain. They got her in the ballast water of ocean-going ships and that must stop! Photo by Dave Britton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Quagga Mussels are native to the Ukraine and Eastern Europe region and is not supposed to be in the Great Lakes because it competes and pushes away native species that are a vital part of the foodchain. They got her in the ballast water of ocean-going ships and that must stop! Photo by Dave Britton, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

If this sounds like a broken record to you, then you are right.

Thanks to your help, we have fought off this bad bill repeatedly over the last two years, ensuring that provisions to clean up ships entering the Great Lakes stay in place. But the efforts to pass this bad bill are back again and we need your help again to protect the lakes.

We know invasive species like zebra mussels, quagga mussels and round gobies were brought into the Great Lakes via ship’s ballast water tanks. And these critters are wreaking havoc on the lakes’ ecosystem. They’re also costing Great Lakes communities upwards of $200 million due to damage to critical infrastructure like drinking water intakes.

Take action today! Click on the following to sign a petition demanding stronger ballast cleanup rule for the sake of our Great Lakes Tell Congress today that the Great Lakes need to be protected from invasive species and that the bad ballast amendment has no place on unrelated legislation like the National Defense Act or any other legislation moving this year.

Thanks so much for speaking out for the Great Lakes!

Molly Flanagan Vice President, Policy

A Note from Niagara At Large for Canadians readers – Government measures for protecting Great Lakes waters from invasive species are no better in Canada. So send your own message to your Member of Parliament and to Canada’s Environment Minister Catherine McKenna  demanding real action on this serious threats to these irreplaceable bodies of fresh water. Email Canada’s Environment Minister at – ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca or phone – 819-938-3813.

About the Alliance for the Great LakesThe Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. We involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all.

Our staff are headquartered in Chicago, with field offices in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Haven (Mich.), and Milwaukee. Our Board of Directors represent a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region.

Learn more about the Alliance and its good work by clicking on – https://greatlakes.org/ .

Visit Niagara At Large at www.niagaraatlarge.com for more news and commentary for and from the greater bi-national Niagara region.

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 “A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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