Congress recently approved allocating $1 million to help stem the spread of invasive species in the Great Lakes. Non-native species have long been a problem for residents of Great Lakes states who rely on water drawn from the lakes for drinking and other everyday use. Because the problem was neglected for so long, with policies on dumping ballast water mostly ignored for the sake of saving money and the avoidance by groups to take responsibility, the problem now has grown to number unable to be ignored. Water is also used to cool nuclear power plants along the lakes, which is important because without the use of the Great Lakes water, giant, expensive cooling towers need to be built instead. Invaders like the infamous zebra mussel clog the intake pipes from which water is drawn in from and Great Lake states have already spent millions on removing the mussels from pipes to keep them clear and unclogged. I could look at plans that Michigan might have to build nuclear power plants around the state for energy needs, and if using teams of people to clear the pipes is good because it provides a job for a state severely lacking in that. It’s also a big change to have someone in the White House who actually cares about the environment, the qualification for which, it turns out, is only not being a republican. I believe MSU has been doing research on how to kill sea lamprey, zebra mussels, and the other 180 + invasive species in the Great Lakes by using pheromones to attract species and kill the group of them. A national aspect of this is the effort of Mississippi bordering states to keep zebra mussels from going South and West, and Great Lakes states trying to keep THE GIANT HUMAN-SIZED CAT FISH from moving North up the Mississippi River in the Lakes. Also, western states like Nevada have been trying to build golf courses IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT with Great Lakes water, but i believe that has been blocked by the Great Lakes pact passed into law last year.
If you are wondering why I know so much about this, it’s because when i was interning in Stabenow’s office, I had to write a 15-page paper on a public policy issue that I was interested in for the internship program I was in.