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H. C. R. No. 51  As Adopted by the House
As Adopted by the House

129th General Assembly
Regular Session
2011-2012
H. C. R. No. 51


Representative Baker 

Cosponsors: Representatives Adams, J., Boose, Brenner, Derickson, Gardner, Grossman, Milkovich, Newbold, Ramos, Ruhl, Sprague, Szollosi, Wachtmann, Hall, Fedor, Buchy, Cera, Damschroder, Amstutz, Antonio, Ashford, Barnes, Beck, Blair, Boyd, Bubp, Budish, Carney, Celebrezze, Celeste, Combs, DeVitis, Dovilla, Driehaus, Fende, Foley, Garland, Goodwin, Hackett, Hagan, R., Hayes, Heard, Johnson, Letson, Lundy, Maag, Mallory, Martin, McClain, O'Brien, Phillips, Scherer, Sears, Stautberg, Terhar, Williams, Yuko Speaker Batchelder 



A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
To urge Congress to enact the Stop Invasive Species Act, S. 2317 of the 112th Congress.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF OHIO
(THE SENATE CONCURRING):


       WHEREAS, The waters of the Great Lakes are an important and vital asset of the United States. Further, the waters of Lake Erie are an important and vital asset of Ohio and are especially critical to sustaining life and the economy of northern Ohio; and

       WHEREAS, Over 180 aquatic invasive species have been introduced into the Great Lakes. One of the potential pathways for introduction and movement of those species into the Great Lakes is the Chicago Area Waterway System; and

       WHEREAS, The Water Resources Development Act of 2007 authorized the Secretary of the Army to conduct a study called the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study to evaluate a range of options and technologies to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River by aquatic pathways; and

       WHEREAS, The completion of the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study is vital to determine if a project is necessary to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins such as a permanent hydrological separation of the basins and the Chicago Area Waterway System; and

       WHEREAS, The Stop Invasive Species Act of 2012, S. 2317, was introduced in Congress in April 2012, and would compel the Secretary of the Army to complete the report from the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study within eighteen months of its enactment. The Stop the Invasive Species Act of 2012 is now pending in Congress; now therefore be it

       RESOLVED, That we, the members of the 129th General Assembly of the State of Ohio, acting on behalf of the citizens of Ohio, urge Congress to enact S. 2317 to compel the Secretary of the Army to complete the Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study in order to determine if a project is necessary to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins; and be it further

       RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the House of Representatives transmit duly authenticated copies of this resolution to the Secretary of the Army, the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, the President Pro Tempore and Secretary of the United States Senate, the members of the Ohio Congressional delegation, and the news media of Ohio.

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