U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and more than a dozen Great Lakes senators sent a letter to John Gross, director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Asian Carp, expressing their commitment to find solutions to the threat of Asian carp and other invasive species to the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin.

Brown was joined on the letter by U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly D-Indiana; Mark Kirk, R-Illinois; Dan Coats R-Indiana; Dick Durbin D-Illinois; Carl Levin D-Michigan; Debbie Stabenow D-Michigan; Tammy Baldwin D-Wisconsin; Ron Johnson R-Wisonsin; Rob Portman R-Ohio; Amy Klobuchar D-Minnesota; Al Franken, D-Minnesota; Bob Casey D-Pennsylvania; Chuck Schumer D-New York; and Kirsten Gillibrand D-New York.

“Lake Erie is important to the economy of Northern Ohio and the livelihood of its citizens,” Brown said. “The administration must work with Congress to protect the Great Lakes and the thousands of fishing, boating, and recreation jobs that depend on them. In order to accomplish this, we need a coordinated effort between federal, state, and local governments and stakeholders to stop the spread of Asian carp. The White House’s leadership is important to this goal and helping to expedite this process.”

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