Group asks candidates to support Asian carp fight
John Flesher - Associated Press
This excerpt is from an Associated Press article
Environmental activists Tuesday challenged President Barack Obama and the Republicans hoping to unseat him to support a hotly debated plan to protect the Great Lakes from an Asian carp attack by cutting off their Chicago-area connection to the Mississippi River watershed.
The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, which includes more than 100 groups in the region, included the proposal in a pledge submitted to the campaigns of Obama and Republicans Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. None of the campaigns had any immediate reaction.
The Great Lakes region includes heavily contested and vote-rich states such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin. Michigan's primary is Feb. 28 and Ohio is among states with a Super Tuesday primary on March 6.
The environmental coalition asked the candidates to promise if elected to continue an Obama administration program dealing with some of the Great Lakes' most pressing environmental problems, including invasive species, toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff and wildlife habitat loss.
Jeff Skelding, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, said Tuesday the region's voters deserve to know how the candidates stand on the separation issue.
"We need strong leadership and we need strong decision-making by the next president to address one of the most critical threats that are facing the Great Lakes," he said.