At the executive meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors in Chicago over the weekend, representatives from the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces said they would team up to tackle the problem of Asian carp and other invasive species.
While the leaders had different opinions about the most effective long-term strategy for combating invasive species as well as costs associated with such efforts, the agreement allows for better collaboration in the region on ways to prevent Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes.
"The threat of aquatic invasive species transcends borders, and this agreement allows us to address this threat through collaboration and cooperation," Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who co-chairs the Council of Great Lakes Governors, said at the meeting on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
At the two-day meeting, held at the Shedd Aquarium, leaders also discussed boosting maritime transportation in the Great Lakes region, among other ways to grow the area's economy.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who also chairs the council, added that, "We may come from different shorelines, but challenges go beyond our borders."
"As leaders of the region, we come together as champions for our beloved Great Lakes."
Others who joined the Great Lakes summit, according to Quinn's office, included representatives of Québec Premier Philippe Couillard and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; and Senior representatives of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.
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