Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AERF Spotlight - Representative Eric Anderson of Idaho

Happy Tuesday everyone! We here at AERF would like to being putting the "spotlight" on individuals doing great things in aquatic science, invasive species management, and habitat restoration. This week, with our inaugural AERF spotlight, we would like to recognize a great friend and supporter of AERF, Representative Eric Anderson of Idaho.

Representative Anderson has served in the Idaho legislature since 2004. In his first year of service, he successfully established a multi-million dollar ($4 million/year) Eurasian watermilfoil program. This was an unprecedented aquatic plant management program for the Western United States, and launched Idaho as a leader in invasive species management nationally.

In his nearly ten years of service, Representative Anderson also spearheaded progressive invasive species laws and rules and established a dedicated invasive species fund for a trend-setting operational invasive species prevention watercraft inspection program. Several western states followed in Idaho’s footsteps, and enacted consistent state laws and programs. Representative Anderson has spoken with nearly all western state legislatures and successfully driven home the importance of regional coordination on this issue. His passion for protecting the State of Idaho from species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and quagga mussel has sparked other western states and Canadian Provinces to follow suit. Representative Anderson has also called important attention to the lack of federal commitment to preventing quagga mussels spread from federally managed water bodies (such as the Lake Mead National Recreation Area) to the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Representative Anderson has decided not to seek re-election in 2014. He plans to devote his time exclusively to invasive species issues for the region (see article).

Amy Ferriter, long time friend and invasive species manager at CPS had this to say of Rep. Anderson- "For the detractors of the importance of quagga mussel containment and prevention prevention programs in the west - the only advice I can give you is, Hold onto your hats, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!”  It is obvious that Rep. Anderson is a great ally in the fight to prevent and slow the expansion of aquatic invasive species as he continues to be a vital asset to the state of Idaho.

See more information for a complete list of all duties while serving as a legislator – Anderson is certainly not a one trick pony!
Information and photos provided by: Amy Ferriter

1 comment:

  1. Maybe Rep. Anderson can run for office in Michigan so we can finally see some state and federal assistance in "on the ground" management of exotic invasives.