The Nature Conservancy Applauds Governor Snyder For Prioritizing Action on Aquatic Invasive Species

State of the State Address Mentions New Appropriations for AIS

Lansing, Michigan | January 16, 2014

Leaders of The Nature Conservancy listened and applauded Governor Snyder tonight for his remarks related to invasive species in his annual state of the state address.

According to his remarks, the governor told the Legislature that he would bring forward a budget request to make meaningful progress in addressing the growing threat of terrestrial and aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Michigan.

“There’s too much talk and not enough action on invasive species,” Gov. Snyder said.

“One of the keys to solving the AIS problem is visionary leaders stepping forward with bold solutions,” said Helen Taylor, state director of Michigan for The Nature Conservancy. “Gov. Snyder has done that tonight and we’re sure the Legislature will want to join him in tackling this issue.”

A 2012 report by Anderson Economic Group (AEG) commissioned by The Nature Conservancy revealed that state and federal governments are currently forced to spend millions of dollars as they attempt to control the impacts and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. The industries most affected by aquatic invasive species include sport and commercial fishing, water treatment, power generation and tourism. Together, these industries employ more than 125,000 workers in the Great Lakes region.

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