o Where Are The Critters Now?o Congress Takes Action (Really!)o How You and Your Friends Made It Happeno A New Coalition T...
 Congress passes Stop Asian Carp Act; Obama signs July  6, 2012 o Corps reports to Congress 1st week of October o Great L...
 Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans Releases  Comprehensive Risk Assessment in July o Confirms substantial risk ...
 Keep In Mind o Complete Separation Will Take Years, So We Need   More, Better, Faster in the Interim o 39 High Risk Spec...
Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceEngaging Great Lakes Citizens to Stop Asian Carp            Melanie Napoleon Welch      ...
Josh MogermMichigan Sea Grant
Objectives• To give people concerned about Asian carp an opportunity to engage in a larger effort to stop them• To demonst...
Public Engagement• Freshwater Future - Developed and organized  the post card campaign, recorded data and  delivered the p...
Public Engagement• In 2010 over 11,000 post cards and over 2,000 petition signatures were delivered to the White House
Public Engagement• In 2011, we continued the effort and delivered another 10,000 post cards
Public Engagement• Freshwater Future worked with 63  sport fishing, marina, charter fishing,  and faith based organization...
Outcomes• Increased co-sponsorship of the Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011• Stop Invasive Species Act was signed into law Summe...
What’s Next?• Local resolutions to help build even more support• Social media action site – freshwaterfutureaction.org
Melanie Napoleon Welch, melanie@freshwaterfuture.org      Cheryl Kallio, cheryl@freshwaterfuture.org     Follow us on Face...
ASIAN CARP & ILLINOIS       Robert Hirschfeld    Water Resources Specialist     Prairie Rivers Network
HEALTHY WATER SOLUTIONS     Building an Illinois Coalition      healthywatersolutions.org
WHY AN ILLINOIS                COALITION?• Different          strategy, message needed for Illinois stakeholders• Importan...
It’s too late for Illinois.**We don’t believe this and we’re not giving up the fight. Nevertheless . . .                  ...
WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO    ACCOMPLISH?      Moving beyond regional conflict       Making Illinois a willing partner      Hig...
TEN GOOD REASONS          (besides carp)     TO SEPARATE 1. Dozens of other invasive species 2. Clean water 3. Flood manag...
GOOD NEWS•Illinois   does care about carp•57%   of Chicagoans support a permanent barrier•Support  for barrier at 77% if o...
HEALTHY WATER SOLUTIONS     Building an Illinois Coalition      healthywatersolutions.org
Engaging Great Lakes Citizens to Stop the Asian Carp-Brammeier, 2012
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After hearing a brief overview of where efforts stand to hydrologically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River systems as a means to stop the Asian carp we will dive into the outreach coordinated by environmental organizations that resulted in bringing the voice of thousands of citizens to decision makers calling for their action and how it is making a difference. This will also be an opportunity to learn about upcoming opportunities to keep pressure on decision makers. Freshwater Future and the Alliance for the Great Lakes will be hosting this session.

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    1. 1. o Where Are The Critters Now?o Congress Takes Action (Really!)o How You and Your Friends Made It Happeno A New Coalition To Support Separation
    2. 2.  Congress passes Stop Asian Carp Act; Obama signs July 6, 2012 o Corps reports to Congress 1st week of October o Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study to be completed by early January 2014
    3. 3.  Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans Releases Comprehensive Risk Assessment in July o Confirms substantial risk to Great Lakes should Asian carp invade, even in low numbers o Closes the book on questions of potential harm
    4. 4.  Keep In Mind o Complete Separation Will Take Years, So We Need More, Better, Faster in the Interim o 39 High Risk Species Between Great Lakes and Mississippi River o Regional Unity and Expanding Our Base of Support Is More Critical Than Ever
    5. 5. Great Lakes Restoration ConferenceEngaging Great Lakes Citizens to Stop Asian Carp Melanie Napoleon Welch Associate Director melanie@freshwaterfuture.org
    6. 6. Josh MogermMichigan Sea Grant
    7. 7. Objectives• To give people concerned about Asian carp an opportunity to engage in a larger effort to stop them• To demonstrate constituent support for separating the Mississippi and Great Lakes systems to decision makers
    8. 8. Public Engagement• Freshwater Future - Developed and organized the post card campaign, recorded data and delivered the post cards in D.C. Put together information packets for Member meetings including a list of signatures that came out of each district.• Alliance for the Great Lakes - Sent invitations for the Congressional briefing and lined up speakers.• Great Lakes United - Organized meetings with Members of Congress and helped to identify Congressional districts from the post card data.• HOW - Made on-the-ground arrangements for the Congressional briefing and the meeting with the Asian Carp Director.
    9. 9. Public Engagement• In 2010 over 11,000 post cards and over 2,000 petition signatures were delivered to the White House
    10. 10. Public Engagement• In 2011, we continued the effort and delivered another 10,000 post cards
    11. 11. Public Engagement• Freshwater Future worked with 63 sport fishing, marina, charter fishing, and faith based organizations to distribute post cards to their constituents.• Organized 12 groups around the region to meet, for the most part, in- district and deliver the post cards with our message.• Submitted several Op-Eds around the region to raise awareness of what needs to get done.
    12. 12. Outcomes• Increased co-sponsorship of the Stop Asian Carp Act of 2011• Stop Invasive Species Act was signed into law Summer 2012 Josh Mogerman
    13. 13. What’s Next?• Local resolutions to help build even more support• Social media action site – freshwaterfutureaction.org
    14. 14. Melanie Napoleon Welch, melanie@freshwaterfuture.org Cheryl Kallio, cheryl@freshwaterfuture.org Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
    15. 15. ASIAN CARP & ILLINOIS Robert Hirschfeld Water Resources Specialist Prairie Rivers Network
    16. 16. HEALTHY WATER SOLUTIONS Building an Illinois Coalition healthywatersolutions.org
    17. 17. WHY AN ILLINOIS COALITION?• Different strategy, message needed for Illinois stakeholders• Important for Illinois citizens to make opinion heard• Ability to target levers of power within state• Facts on the ground are quite different
    18. 18. It’s too late for Illinois.**We don’t believe this and we’re not giving up the fight. Nevertheless . . . Perception vs. Reality
    19. 19. WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH? Moving beyond regional conflict Making Illinois a willing partner Highlight win-win-win scenario* *This has to be about more than Asian carp
    20. 20. TEN GOOD REASONS (besides carp) TO SEPARATE 1. Dozens of other invasive species 2. Clean water 3. Flood management 4. Jobs/Commerce 5. Tourism 6. Recreation 7. Aesthetics 8. Responsibility 9. Pride 10. $$$
    21. 21. GOOD NEWS•Illinois does care about carp•57% of Chicagoans support a permanent barrier•Support for barrier at 77% if other environmental,infrastructure problems are solved concurrently•Bigger than carp, bigger than Chicago, bigger thanIllinois•Illinois wants to engage, will need support of region,nation
    22. 22. HEALTHY WATER SOLUTIONS Building an Illinois Coalition healthywatersolutions.org

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