Destructive Carp Now Dangerously Close To Invading Great Lakes Waters

An Appeal from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, a U.S.-based citizens advocacy group for the protections of the lakes

(A Brief Niagara At Large foreword note – There is virtually unanimous agreement among environmental scientists on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border that if this invasive species of carp – indigenous to waters in Asia and imported our continent without government consent several years ago – enters the Great Lakes, they could , among other things, ravage a domestic fishery worth billions of dollars to both countries.)

Invasive Asian Carp leaping in waters of upper Mississippi River system near Lake Michigan.

Invasive Asian Carp leaping in waters of upper Mississippi River system near Lake Michigan.

Chicago, Illinois, November 2015 – Young Asian carp are now 66 miles closer to Lake Michigan than they were at the start of the year. Time is running short in efforts to keep these devastating fish out of the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, federal officials are not moving quickly.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has the proven know-how and ability to take action and do it fast. But, the corps recently told Congress it will take at least three more years to study and recommend a plan for risk-reduction measures at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam on the Illinois River.

And, the corps has never explained publicly what would trigger use of emergency powers that allow the agency to take actions — such as temporarily closing locks — if Asian carp continue to move closer to the lakes.

These invaders feed voraciously on foods native fish species depend on and can grow to an enormous size.

These invaders feed voraciously on foods native fish species depend on and can grow to an enormous size.

With Asian carp now just 76 miles from Lake Michigan’s doorstep in Chicago, its front line advancing 66 miles in the last nine months alone, a three-year delay could be disastrous for the lakes.

Sincerely,   Molly Flanagan Vice President, Policy, Alliance for the Great Lakes

To add your call for action on this serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem, click on ghe following –

Tell the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to act fast to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

About the Alliance for the Great Lakes – For more than 40 years, the Alliance has stood to conserve and restore the world’s largest surface freshwater resource using policy, education and citizen involvement. We work hard with our strong volunteer network of residents, teachers, scientists and businesses to sustain and preserve the region for all generations.

To learn more about the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the issues it is addressing visit –  http://www.greatlakes.org/ .

(A Quick NAL Footnote – Earlier this year evidence of this invasive species of carp was also found in ponds close to Lake Ontario in the Greater Toronto Area.)

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