MUCC Endorses Rep. Miller’s Bill to Stop Asian Carp from Invading Great Lakes

Feb 12, 2014

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) issued the following statement after the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) backed her legislative proposal to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, the Defending Against Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2014 (H.R. 4001):   

“Preventing this invasive species from entering Lake Michigan is not only imperative to the preservation of the economic vitality of the Great Lakes’ region but also the international community that relies on its precious resources,” Miller noted.  “I value MUCC’s input, and with their support – along with other local, national and international stakeholders – we will advance this important, necessary initiative.”

Michigan United Conservation Clubs
“While the $15 billion price tag for this project is a lot of money, it pales in comparison to the damage that Asian carp would cause to the Great Lakes fishery, which is valued at $7 billion annually. Without effective means to protect our Great Lakes and potentially inland waterways from this aquatic invasive species highway, the $4.8 billion in retail spending by sportsmen and women and the additional $3.2 billion per year in recreational boating-related spending and the economic ripple effect that spending has upon our state’s economy will falter along with our state’s tourism industry and the outdoor traditions that we treasure in Michigan. We urge your fellow Congressional and U.S. Senate colleagues to support funding necessary to undertake this initiative. Thank you for standing up in support of the Great Lakes, Michigan’s sportsmen and women and the conservation of our natural resources.”

2/11/14 - Erin McDonough, Executive Director