Oh to be a fly on the wall at the White House Asian Carp Summit next Monday, February 8. Who doesn’t want to be there? The Great Lakes Attorney Generals have requested an invite, Healing Our Waters and others working on Great Lakes restoration asked to be a part of the meeting and some have even suggested it be open to the public. That is why it seems so strange that only three Great Lakes Governors are attending. Why aren’t all the Great Lakes Governors trying to get in on a meeting dealing with a region wide crisis?
We need an action plan to deal with the Asian Carp and we need it in place yesterday. So, why not call your Great Lakes Governor and ask that he attend and bring some solutions to the table? If they need some recommendations, HOW has produced a 12-point plan.
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will be attending the Asian Carp Summit. Below is a list of the Governors that are not knocking down the White House gates, even thought this is a most significant regional and international issue. Our region’s economy and our lakes well-being are both at stake. It could only impress the White House if we took a regional approach. Oh, and did anyone invite the Canadians? They have a stake in this too.
Governor Paterson of New York: 518-474-8390, DC office (202-434-7100)
Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania: 717-787-2500, DC office (202-772-5806)
Governor Strickland of Ohio: 614-466-3555, DC office (202-624-5844)
Governor Daniels of Indiana: 317-232-4567, DC office (202-624-1474)
Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota: 651-296-3391, DC office (202-624-5308)