U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin today announced support for the Great Lakes Commission, located in Ann Arbor, and Wayne State University to help stop the spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes. The grants come through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is the largest investment in the health of our Great Lakes in two decades.
"Asian carp and other invasive species pose a grave threat to our economy and Michigan's way of life," said Stabenow. "The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will help stop the spread of invasive species, preserving our Great Lakes for future generations and protecting hundreds of thousands of Michigan jobs."
"Invasive species are a significant threat to the health and well-being of the Great Lakes, and that makes them a threat to the health and well-being of our state," Levin said. "This funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative will help Michigan researchers lead the way in confronting this threat."
The Great Lakes Commission will receive $400,000 to develop software to help prevent internet sales of Asian carp and other invasive species. Wayne State University will receive $310,995 to evaluate the potential spread of invasive species and develop monitoring and prevention strategies. More information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative can be accessed on their website at www.greatlakesrestoration.us.