Within one week of an initiative launched by Freshwater Future and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative to increase community support for stopping Asian carp, Burt Township unanimously passed the “Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes” resolution. When asked why local officials in Burt Township backed this resolution, Harold Koviak, Burt Township Supervisor, stated “Maintaining clean water and a healthy fishery is a part of our community. Our entire board is on the same page.” Harold further commented that “We take great pride in taking care of Burt Lake.”
Like the tens of thousands of people who have contacted their Members of Congress, letting them know they want the strongest actions possible to stop Asian carp, local units of government have an opportunity to play an important role. We need to keep momentum going and demonstrate to Congress growing support for stopping Asian carp. “Everyone needs to get on board to fight with all our might so Asian carp do not become a problem for our communities,” concluded Harold.
Joining Burt Township in passing this resolution is Lambton Township, Ontario, and two groups from the boating community, the Cheboygan Yacht Club and the Burt Lake Preservation Association.
For more information on how your community can pass the resolution showing support for stopping Asian carp, go to www.freshwaterfuture.org/asiancarp or contact Cheryl Kallio at Cheryl@freshwaterfuture.org.