U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) made the following statement after the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee completed its sampling and data collection operation on the Little Calumet River in South Chicago. The Committee poisoned a two-mile stretch of the river last week in an effort to determine the presence of Asian carp and continues implementing conventional sampling with nets and electrofishing gear.
"While I am relieved the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee has not discovered Asian carp following recent monitoring activities, these fish are still a severe threat to our Great Lakes. Now, our next steps are to begin work on building permanent barriers between the Chicago waterway system and the Great Lakes. These barriers can be constructed in a way that allows shipping and cargo to pass through, but would prevent the water from the Chicago waterway -- and any invasive species living in it -- from entering Lake Michigan."
-- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Stabenow is part of a bipartisan group of Senators representing Great Lakes States, including Michigan, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, who have urged the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to make changes to the law allowing work on a permanent hydrological separation to begin.