Great Lakes governors sign invasive species agreement

Governor Rick Snyder has returned to Michigan following a weekend meeting of Great Lakes governors in Chicago.

The governors agreed to step up cooperative efforts to combat invasive species.

The meeting of the Great Lakes governors also included the premiers of the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario. The Chicago conference was a follow-up to a meeting last year on Mackinac
Island.
The highlight of the gathering was approval of 10-page invasive species mutual aid agreement. It includes agreements to alert other members when there’s an invasive species threat, how to request help, and to share research and expertise.

Michigan and other Great Lakes states remain at odds with Illinois and Indiana on whether closing a Chicago shipping canal should be part of the solution to containing invasive species, such as Asian carp.