Thursday, December 1, 2011

Experts & National Attorneys General Discuss Invasive Species

Nov 30: Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette moderated an invasive species panel discussion before the Winter Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), held in San Antonio, TX. The panel is an extension of Schuette's efforts to build a national coalition "to demand tough action by Congress" to combat the spread of invasive species through the Chicago Waterway System, including the voracious Asian carp. Schuette said, "Invasive species like Asian carp and zebra mussels cause massive economic and ecological destruction to states across the nation. It's time for Congress to take action and close the wide-open doorway at Chicago."

    According to a release from Schuette, the three nationally renowned invasive species experts serving on the panel at Schuette's request included: Lindsey Chadderton, Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Director for the Nature Conservancy; Andy Buchsbaum, Great Lakes Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation; and Lori Williams, Executive Director, for the National Invasive Species Council. A copy of the presentation offered by the panel is available on the Attorney General's website (see link below). 

    On September 26, 2011, Schuette announced a national coalition of seventeen attorneys general signed a letter to the leaders of three Congressional committees calling for them to move federal legislation (H.R. 892, S. 471) that would force a quicker resolution to the on-going study of permanent ecological separation between the Great Lakes and Mississippi river basins currently being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [See WIMS 9/27/11]. Schuette is also continuing forward with Michigan's lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Chicago Water District, joined by attorneys general from Minnesota Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The states filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case and require the Corps to take action to install block nets and accelerate the completion of its study of permanent ecological separation between the Great Lakes and Mississippi river basins [See WIMS 10/26/11].
    Access a release from AG Schuette (click here). Access the complete 53-slide presentation (click here). Access legislative details for H.R.892 (click here). Access legislative details for S.471(click here).

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