Asian carp legislation surfaces in Congress

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Two lawmakers are introducing legislation in Congress that they say would help keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D -Mich., will introduce in the Senate the Stop Asian Carp Act, which would require the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite the design of a way to fully separate the Mississippi River and Great Lakes watersheds to keep the carp out of Lake Michigan without interrupting Chicago’s commercial shipping industry, the Detroit News reported.

Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., will introduce a similar bill in the House.

The legislation “reflects a level of concern that more closely matches that of our member states and our Canadian partners,” said Tim Eder, executive director of the Great Lakes Commission, in a statement. “The stakes are just too high and require urgent action.”

Earlier efforts from Michigan lawmakers to close off the Chicago-area waterways that link the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan encountered stiff opposition on Capitol Hill from the Illinois delegation.

But Illinois lawmakers are on board and the new legislation is much more likely to go forward, according to the newspaper.

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3 comments on “Asian carp legislation surfaces in Congress

  1. Joe

    There are at least six connecting river ways into the great lakes, the shipping channel is but one. What grand plan did someone give to the politicans this time? It better start with ‘once upon a time’, this way we’ll know the science behind the madness. As always, it’ll be too little too late.

  2. L Smith

    Migating water fowl also transfer species egg sacks on their feathers. How do the folks in Washington expect to stop the birds??
    It’s time to chang the fish’s name to the American Sweetwater Tolopia & start over serving it in fast food restuarants. Put it in Mickey Dee’s happy meals.   

  3. e wurts

    its all BS (buratic stuff) just like in california we have the fortune of getting these fuzzy crabs from the farrrr east that are also dooms day things. the fish and game department ( a game is something that should be fun)  im sure are being advised by no nothing people want them to go away . the answer — dont let sports fishermen (or women) catch them or they will be FINED

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