We hear a lot about the role of recreational boaters in the spread of invasive species through our lakes and waterways, and while that can’t be ignored the bigger threat continues to be commercial shipping.
With their ballast tanks that can bring water from anywhere in the world and dump it here, it’s a prime cause of the spread of aquatic invaders.
Good news on that front, though, as yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency needed to revisit its standards for the filtration of ballast water. The court said the EPA needs to reconsider the technology it mandates, exemptions included in the law and more.
The result should be tougher regulations that will help protect our waters from more aquatic invaders. This is one of those times when the environmental lobby and the recreational boating industry should be on the same side.
“This is a huge win for our environment, economy, fish, wildlife, communities and businesses,” Marc Smith, policy director for the National Wildlife Federation told The Hill. “The court, in no uncertain terms, has told the federal government that it needs to uphold its responsibility under the Clean Water Act to protect our drinking water, jobs and way of life.”