LANSING, Mich., Jan. 8, 2021 State Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) expressed her support today for the agreement signed between Gov. Whitmer (MI) and Gov. Pritzker (IL) to provide for the development of the Brandon Road Ecosystem Project, which will prevent invasive species of carp from accessing the Great Lakes.

“The Great Lakes are one of Michigan’s most important natural resources, both for the clean fresh water they supply to millions of families across our state, as well as the thousands of jobs that rely on them each day to support our economy,” said Hood. “The project at the Brandon Road Dam is an important step forward for environmental protections and will benefit the people of Michigan, Illinois and the rest of the Great Lakes region for many years to come.”

Rep. Hood previously introduced a resolution to officially recognize Invasive Species Protection Day in Michigan, and toured the Brandon Road Dam in early 2019. She is also a member of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus that focuses on engaging with fellow state legislators in policy-making processes to protect the Great Lakes.