Friday, January 29, 2010

Stop Asian Carp (Update)

Thank you again for standing with me to protect hundreds-of-thousands of Michigan jobs and the Great Lakes from the immediate crisis posed by Asian carp.

Your efforts over the past month have helped put the pressure on President Obama and Washington, and although most in D.C. continue to stand in the way of a desperately needed solution, some have begun taking notice.

Because you care so deeply about this issue, I wanted to send you a quick update to keep you aprised of the latest developments.

Late yesterday the Obama administration set a February 8th date for a meeting with the governors from Michigan and Wisconsin. If Governor Granholm can get the locks closed in such a summit it would be good news for Michigan and the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, I will continue to pursue all avenues to ensure we protect the Great Lakes and our jobs from the threat of Asian Carp.

The U.S. Supreme Court is still considering Michigan's request to close Chicago-area locks connecting carp-infested waterways to Lake Michigan and has set a deadline for other states and interested parties to submit briefs by February 19. President Obama continues to defend the narrow interests of his home state but others are beginning to act.

Over the course of the last week, thanks in large part to your efforts, new bi-partisan efforts to protect the Lakes have been launched by lawmakers in our State and Nation's capitol.

Congressman Camp and Senator Stabenow launched the CARP Act, Michigan's full Congressional delegation has signed a letter asking the President's administration to act quickly and state lawmakers have formed the Michigan House Shoreline Caucus and are preparing to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court backing Michigan's request to protect jobs and close the locks.

Below you will find links to recent media coverage of these and other positive developments.

Unfortunately, there is still much more work to be done. The most recent carp DNA evidence, found in Lake Michigan, indicates this invasive species may be setting up shop inside the Great Lakes as we speak. The front door to Lake Michigan remains wide open even as these waterborne aliens threaten to devastate the Lakes' $7 billion fishery and hundreds of thousands of jobs connected to the health of the Lakes. The need for each of us to act has never been greater.

Thank YOU for standing up and making a difference. Stop Asian



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