U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, author of legislation to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, issued the following statement today regarding reports that more evidence has been discovered of Asian carp beyond the electronic barrier designed to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes:
"This has got to serve as a wake-up call that this is an urgent situation for the Great Lakes. I strongly urge the Army Corps to close the locks now while they continue to determine the best way to permanently separate the Chicago Area Waterway System from the Great Lakes. If we do not see action, the Great Lakes will continue to remain vulnerable to irreversible disaster."
Senator Stabenow has been a leader in the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Stabenow's Stop Asian Carp Act would require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create an action plan determining the best options for permanently separating the Mississippi River Basin from Lake Michigan, where experts believe Asian Carp could enter and cause irreparable harm to the Great Lakes. Sen. Stabenow introduced the Stop Asian Carp Act in March.
Michigan's $7 billion fishing industry, $16 billion recreational boating industry and thousands of Michigan jobs depend on the health of the Great Lakes.