U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration's announcement that it would take a series of new steps to try to stop the advance of the Asian carp:
"I applaud the administration for taking these steps to help stop the spread of the Asian carp, which would devastate the Great Lakes and Michigan's economy," said Stabenow. "It's encouraging that the Administration says the Army Corps will complete its report on permanently stopping Asian carp by the end of 2013, as required by my Stop Invasive Species Act Congress passed last year. However, it is critically important that this report not only be done on time but also be done right, with fully developed plans for separating the Great Lakes from the carp's entry points to stop Asian carp once and for all."
Last year, the Stop Invasive Species Act, written by Sen. Stabenow and Congressman Dave Camp, was signed into law by President Obama. The law requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to submit to Congress an action plan to permanently prevent invasive species from entering the Great Lakes through various points of entry.
The Obama Administration's 2013 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework includes several initiatives such as testing and deployment of new physical and chemical control tools, strengthening the electric barrier in the Chicago Area Waterway System, and new efforts to physically separate the Great Lakes and Asian carp points of entry.