Huron Daily Tribune (Bad Axe, Mich.): It’s hard to think of anything more unifying for Great Lakes state politicians than the desire to stop Asian carp from invading our waters.
Republicans like U.S. Rep. Candice Miller and Democrats like U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who otherwise have few things in common politically, will come together like old school chums at the mention of the invasive species. That’s because it’s obvious to virtually everyone in this state that Asian carp, which have spread everywhere else, cannot spread to our Great Lakes.
Lawmakers recently united again to announce a bipartisan bill that will try to force the hand of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up its study of the species and do what is necessary to stop it. Making recommendations by the year 2015 is foolishly too late and unacceptable.
In fact, we’re not sure how much study needs to be done considering the disastrous results that Michigan outdoor lovers could one day wake up to if the species is not stopped in the waters of northern Illinois.
While federal officials consider the minor consequences of attacking the plague in northern Illinois, our state is dumbfounded by the inaction.