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Water Resources Development Act of 2007

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC



Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 1495. My district in Illinois represents the front line in the fight to keep the Asian carp from decimating the ecosystem of the Great Lakes and endangering a multi-million dollar commercial fishing industry.

Competing with native species for food, living space, and spawning areas, these voracious fish grow to between 50 and 150 pounds, eat up to 40 percent of their body weight every day, and each female can carry up to a million eggs.

The bill before us today will enable the Army Corps of Engineers to fortify its aquatic and invasive species dispersal barrier, an invisible, underwater, electric fence on the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal in Illinois that repulses fish like the Asian carp.

That is why I rise today, to thank Chairman Oberstar and Ranking Member Mica, as well as Subcommittee Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Baker, for recognizing the continuing threat of the Asian carp and including provisions in this bill to protect the Great Lakes. Our Great Lakes are too important just to leave them vulnerable to invasive species like the Asian carp.


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