ballast water

Minnesota Trout Unlimited’s efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (“AIS”) via ballast water discharges.

Minnesota Trout Unlimited has been working for many years to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species into Minnesota waters.  For years our efforts focused primarily upon Lake Superior and the Great Lakes basin.  This is not just because Lake Superior and the Great Lakes are perhaps the greatest single coldwater fishery in the country, but also because the Great Lakes shipping has been the major source of aquatic invasive species introductions impacting all Minnesota waters.  Zebra mussels, round gobies, and the VHS virus are just some of the many invasive species brought to our shores via Great Lakes shipping activities.

For years MNTU and partners such as Clean Water Action Minnesota, the Izaak Walton League, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy have fought have fought for the adequate regulation of ballast water discharges from all Great Lakes shipping vessels.  Through our work on Asian carp and other AIS we have raised the awareness of additional partners who are now adding their support to our advocacy on proposed federal ballast regulations.

MNTU’s Joint comments with MCEA et al re EPA VGP permit – Feb 2012

Nov 2011 Joint Letter with MEP re Weak Federal standards in HR 2840

Oct 2011 Coalition Letter to Gov Cuomo supporting NY Ballast Standards

MNTU’s Joint Comments with MCEA et al on USCG proposed regs – Dec 2009

MNTU Alert - Nov 2009 – re commenting on USGC Ballast regs

Nov 2009 MNTU Joint Press release with MCEA et al re ballast comment period 

New York’s Testimony in Oct 2009 re USCG ballast regs

Fed Register Aug 28 2009 Proposed CG ballast rules