Great Lakes States Members Call for Immediate Action to Halt Asian Carp, Protect Great Lakes
Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, R-MI, authors of the CARP ACT, along with other members of the Michigan delegation and co-sponsors of the bill, held a bipartisan, bicameral press event urging immediate ecological separation to protect the Great Lakes from the fast-approaching invasive species, Asian Carp.
Today the administration announced they will close one of the Chicago locks for five days and conduct a massive fish kill. While they feel this is a step in the right direction, at the conference the Members reinforced the need to close the locks immediately and gain complete ecological separation.
"Asian carp pose a serious threat to our economy, our waterways, and our way of life in Michigan," said Stabenow. "Our bipartisan CARP ACT will ensure important short-term emergency action is taken, action being implemented under the Asian Carp Control Framework. It is critical Congress pass our bill as we continue to work on a permanent solution to protect our Great Lakes," Stabenow said.
"We cannot allow the destruction of the Great Lakes' ecological, environmental and economic value by Asian Carp," Camp said. "It is time to stop flirting with disaster. We must pass the CARP ACT and we will be making an all-out push in both houses to pass this bill."
The entry of this up to four-foot-long, 100-pound fish that jumps out of the water at the sound of boat motors, threatens to disrupt the Lakes' $7.5 billion fishing industry and the 800,000 jobs it supports, as well as its vitally important ecosystem.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes by denying to grant Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox's request for an injunction to immediately close the Chicago-area locks.
The Senate co-sponsors of S. 2946 are Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
The House co-sponsors of H.R. 4472 are Reps. Candice Miller (R-MI), Mike Rogers (R-MI), Fred Upton (R-MI), Thad McCotter (R-MI), Dale Kildee (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Bob Latta (R-OH), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), John Kline (R-MN), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), John Conyers (D-MI).