U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman responded to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's call this weekend to separate the Chicago Area Water System (CAWS) from the Great Lakes in order to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.
"I am disappointed Governor Quinn changed his mind about the economic significance of these waterways," said Stutzman. "Asian Carp pose a threat to the Great Lakes region but cutting off the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River would devastate jobs and the local economy in Northwest Indiana. It is critical that Asian Carp are kept out of the Great Lakes, but Governor Quinn's plan is not the answer. I commend Governor Pence for his leadership on this issue and look forward to working with him and the Indiana congressional delegation to address this issue in a way that not only keeps Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes but also protects Hoosier jobs."
In 2011, Congressman Stutzman co-sponsored bi-partisan, statewide legislation to study the economic impact of any major federal action. The multi-billion dollar shipping industry in Northern Indiana relies on these waterways to support work for more than 100,000 Midwesterners and their families. The Ports of Indiana handled more than 8 million tons of cargo in 2011 alone.
Congressman Stutzman represents the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana and serves on the House Committee on Financial Services. Indiana's 3rd District contains all of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties, as well as parts of Blackford and Kosciusko counties.