Take Action to Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes
and St. Lawrence River.
The much anticipated Army Corps of Engineers’ report identifying options to stop the spread of Asian Carp and other aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River waterways has been released. The “Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study” (or GLMRIS) lays out the financial and environmental costs of eight (8) different options for dealing with a range of potentially environmentally and economically devastating invasive species threatening the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River from Mississippi River waterways.
Citizens from around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin have made it clear to decision makers — the U.S. Congress — of the need to move forward with the most robust solution for the Lakes and our River - physical separation from the Mississippi River system. Actions that do not move us toward this goal are just distractions that further delay this desperately needed permanent solution.
Take Action! This is a critical moment in our fight to stop Asian Carp:
· Attend a public meeting and make a comment supporting separation (click here for dates and times). Be sure to scroll down to get to the list of meetings. You will need to register to speak.
· Attend the webinar scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st from 4:00pm to 7:00pm CST. To attend the webinar click here up to 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Web Access ID: c3lrc02p1. After you have connected your computer, audio connection instructions will be presented.
· and, please provide comments on the GLMRIS website before the March 3rd deadline!
Points to Make:
· The most effective solution is “physical separation,” or restoring the natural divide between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins and creating barriers elsewhere.
· We must recognize the real threats associated with aquatic species introductions in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. These waterborne invaders can cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage each year to human health, commerce, recreation and the environment. Separation is the only surefire way to stop that from happening.
· Urge Congress to move forward the strongest permanent solutions presented in the report, including either:
o Option 5: Lakefront hydrologic separation with physical barriers separating the basins at four locations along the lakefront of Lake Michigan, or
o Option 6: Mid-system hydrologic separation with physical barriers separating the basins at two mid-system locations.
For more information check out:
- the Alliance for the Great Lakes page on the threat from Asian Carp; and
- the editorials supporting physical separation from around the basin on the Healing Our Waters website.
Of course, feel free to contact us with any questions.