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Take Action Now to Protect the Great Lakes

November 3rd, 2011

A bad bill is being considered in Congress as early as tomorrow, Friday, November 4. It would derail progress in the effort to protect the Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species introduced in the ballast tanks of foreign ships.

We need your help today to:
1. Contact your U.S. Representative today to urge them to defeat this bad bill
2. Sign your organization on to this letter by 4:30 Eastern today

Details:

1. Contact your U.S. Representative today to urge them to defeat this bad bill

A bill being considered by Congress this week will derail progress on cleaning up ship ballast tanks and stopping aquatic invasive species introductions. Call your Member of Congress today and tell them that the Great Lakes needs stronger – not weaker – ballast clean-up programs!

Aquatic invasive species, such as zebra mussels and round gobies, are one of the most significant environmental threats to the health of the Great Lakes. Invasive species foul beaches, wreak havoc on the fishery, clog water intake valves of cities and utilities, harm fish and wildlife, and cost the country hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

The House of Representatives is set to vote this week on the Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2011 (Title VII of HR2838). This bill does not protect the Great Lakes or our nation’s waters; it protects the shipping industry. It will derail progress on cleaning up ship ballast tanks and stopping more aquatic invasive species introductions.

Take Action!
Contact your U.S. Representative today to urge them to defeat this bad bill so that our Great Lakes are protected from aquatic invasive species introductions.

Talking Points for Calling or Writing Your Legislator

  • I am calling/writing to urge [insert Member's Name] to oppose the Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act of 2011 (Title VII of HR2838).
  • Aquatic invasive species are one of the most serious threats to the Great Lakes. We need stronger ballast clean-up programs that protect the Great Lakes and our nation’s waterways to prevent more damaging aquatic invasive species introductions.
  • I urge [insert Member's Name] to delete the bad ballast water amendments – Title VII from HR 2838 – and to vote against the Coast Guard and Martitime Transportation Act of 2011 if those provisions remain.
  • Thank you for protecting the Great Lakes.

Let us know what you hear! Thank you for taking action to protect the Great Lakes!

2. Sign your organization on to this letter by 4:30 Eastern today (Thursday, Nov. 3)

National conservation groups are circulating a letter opposing HR 2838, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2011.  The bill jeopardizes the health of our nation’s aquatic ecosystems; hence we urge to oppose these provisions and the underlying bill if necessary.

Please consider signing on to the attached letter which will be sent on Friday to all members of the House. If you’d like to sign on, please send your group name to the National Wildlife Federation’s Lindsey Warren-Shriner at  warrenshrinerl@nwf.org  by Thursday, November 03, at 4:30PM EST.

  • Krwilson

    I contacted my Rep. today,
    Why doesn’t MUCC get behind our 100% Service Connected Disabled Veteran(SCDV)? The State of Michigan is #53 in the suport of out disabled veterans. Many other States give their 100% disabled veteran a hunting and fishing license for life FREE.
    As a disabled veteran we should be able to hunt and fish on any federal lands across the United States. Without having to buy any non-resident license’s. After all we have paid the price with our pain ect.
    Please start the talk with our State Rep.Asking them to change the hunting and fishing law for disabled veterans.
    Thank you for all you do for nature.

  • Hdeyoung1

    Keep counting on the Republicans in congress to pass laws in favor of business and to hell with the Great Lakes or the environment.

    • Gliddl

      And the democrats have nothing to do with it, right? Where have you been the last 8 years?

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