2013 - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's Agenda
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is the 2013 Chair of the MGA and has announced his agenda as addressing invasive species. In particular, the governor wants to bring states together to discuss and collaborate on aquatic invasive species.
Every year invasive species cause huge economic losses and dramatic ecological changes. The National Invasive Species Information Center estimated that these pests, at the low end, cause $138 billion annually in damages and reduced production. Given the combined significance of aquatic species, the agricultural sector, expansive forestlands and vast rural areas, invasive species are an extreme threat to the Midwestern way of life.
Current deliverables for Governor Dayton's agenda include: