Leaders of states and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes have agreed to a mutual aid agreement in which staff and expertise will be shared to fight invasive species like the Asian Carp.
Patty Birkholz is Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. She says working together is good.
"I think it's very important because the Great Lakes belong to all of the Great Lakes region, not just one or two states or provinces," Birkholz says.
A two-day series of meetings in Chicago this past weekend also touched on ways to improve maritime transportation, and how to attract foreign investment in manufacturing.