Friday, May 31, 2013

CGLG Calls For More Funding For AIS Control

May 31: The Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG), representing Great Lakes Governors and Premiers are leading the charge to protect the environmental and economic health of the Lakes and St. Lawrence River in the battle against aquatic invasive species (ANS). As part of their multi-faceted strategy to combat AIS, the Great Lakes States and Provinces are working to prevent the movement of harmful organisms into the Lakes through canals and rivers. The Governors called on the U.S. Federal government to expand support for State-led efforts.

    The Great Lakes Governors called on the U.S. EPA to increase Federal support to the states in order to stop AIS in canals and rivers. The Governors recognize that no one State can prevent the transfer of AIS into the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, and Federal support is essential to ensure the success of these efforts throughout the region. Illinois Governor Quinn, CGLG Co-Chair said, "State- and Province-led efforts have been instrumental in protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River from invasive species to date. Long-term solutions, however, will require greater regional collaboration. The States are doing a remarkable job, but additional Federal assistance is needed to permanently halt the threat of AIS."

    The Great Lakes Governors are conducting their 2013 Leadership Summit at the Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan from Friday, May 31 - Sunday, June 2, 2013. All sessions on June 1 will be webcast live.

    Access a release from CGLG with a summary of example state efforts in controlling AIS (click here). Access a release on the Leadership Summit with links to webcast information and further details on the Summit (click here). Access the CGLG website for more information (click here). [#GLakes/Governors]

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