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Take the carp threat seriously



Published: Sun, December 11, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

Take the carp threat seriously

A Michigan legislator has spon- sored a Stop Asian Carp amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, and it deserves the full support of all Lake Erie-state senators, including Ohio’s Sherrod Brown, D, and Rob Portman, R.

We continue to view the threat from invasive species, especially the Asian carp, as an existential battle for all the Great Lakes. Most of the shore states and the two Canadian provinces have shown an appropriate sense of concern and have been willing to demand federal action.

The weak link has been Illinois, where protecting Chicago’s canal between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River has been seen as more important than protecting the lakes themselves from a voracious enemy of Great Lakes ecology. And, unfortunately, President Barack Obama has tended to reflect the Chicago-centric nonchalance toward the carp’s threat.

The National Wildlife Federation, which has a Great Lakes Regional Center, gives this assessment of the amendment: It requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite its study on the feasibility of options to prevent the transfer of invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Such a study is essential in order to build a permanent barrier, but the Army Corps has said it will not complete its study until 2015.

The amendment submitted by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., would require the Army Corps to complete its study within 18 months and would establish strong oversight provisions to keep the project on target.

Even the Corps of Engineers has acknowledge the seriousness of the threat in a roundabout way by announcing recently that it was increasing the voltage of the electric barrier that is supposed to keep the carp from reaching the lake. Few outside of Chicago seriously think shocking the carp is a permanent solution.


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1NetBuddy(7 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

It's time for the press, the National Wildlife Federation, and politicians to stop misleading the public and supporting the myth that severing Chicago's waterways will stop Asian Carp migration.

Asian carp are found in lakes throughout the Midwest that are already isolated by permanent natural and man made barriers from rivers containing Asian Carp.

This week the Minnesota DNR found evidence of Asian Carp above the Coon Rapids Dam on the Mississippi River. This is a substantial permanent barrier with no locks that would enable Asian Carp to swim past the dam. The dam was thought to be an effective barrier against Asian Carp until this week.

Scientists at the University of Minnesota who have studied the carp have also released a statement this week stating that permanent physical barriers are not the solution to stopping Asian Carp and other invasive species from migrating.

It is one thing for politicians and special interest groups to mislead the public to further their own political agendas. It's quite another thing for the press to ignore the facts and propagate those same myths to serve whatever political agendas or bias they may hold.

It is time to face reality - Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the Army Corps have developed and brought on line an electric barrier that has proven to be just as effective as any permanent physical barrier would be in stopping the migration of Asian Carp and there is no justification for cutting short and abbreviating a study that will shed true light on all aspects of the Asian Carp issue.

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2NetBuddy(7 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago


Senators Brown and Portman should not be duped by Senator Stabenow's political pandering in Michigan. They should vote against the amendment.

The folks in Illinois and the Army Corps know exactly what they are doing and they are doing the right thing. Ironically the folks in Minnesota are now looking to Illinois for guidance. Unfortunately for them it's too late now.

Let the Army Corps finish the complete study as planned. A recent published study has shown the electric barrier in Chicago is is 100% effective in stopping Asian Carp of all sizes - those fish are not going anywhere before 2015.

If the National Wildlife Federation and our senators want to do some real good they might want to talk to the folks in Chicago about how to keep the Asian Carp from swimming down the Maumee River into Lake Erie. That will be the next example of a physical barrier that didn't work.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Carp are a good source of protein . Havest them to feed the undernourished . . ..

Fillet-O-Carp at the Dees coming soon . . .

http://www.bunrab.com/dailyfeed/daily...

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4author50(1121 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

This issue is always talked about everywhere I go in Mahoning County!

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5hiker27(18 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

It is sad but to late. As long as waterfowl migrate, the eggs will be dispersed. It is beyond our controll. It is a matter of how much money we are going to throw in the fire pit of no returns.

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