Great Lakes Commission pushes for ballast water legislation
Posted on wtol.com on May 15, 2007
The Great Lakes Commission has asked the region's congressional delegation for help in keeping invasive species out of the water.
The commission says it wants the delegation to make effective ballast water legislation its top Great Lakes priority this year.
Ballast water often is held in tanks and cargo holds of ocean-going ships to increase stability and maneuverability during transit.
Ships can discharge the water, which is believed to be the source of troubling invasive species like the zebra mussel and round goby.
Commission member states are Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.