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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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White House appoints Asian carp coordinator

The White House has appointed veteran Indiana wildlife official John Goss to coordinate federal, state and local efforts to combat the invasive Asian carp's threat to the Great Lakes.

Nancy Sutley, chairwomen of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, announced the appointment this morning in a conference call with Dem U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Durbin and Stabenow were among 12 senators to ask President Obama to appoint a Coordinated Response Commander for the Asian carp issue in a June letter.

"We need someone with the knowledge and skills to direct and coordinate mutiple federal, state and private sector efforts," the senators wrote in the letter, which was co-signed by Wisconsin U.S. Sens. Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl.

Stabenow said the appointment was another example of the "historic" commitment of the White House to combating invasive species, while Goss said coordination would be crucial in thwarting "one of the most serious invasive species threats facing the Great Lakes today."

"We have the opportunity to prevent this invasive species from developing ... and inflicting untold damage on the ecosystem and the economy," Goss said.


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