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As Asian Carp Advance, We Continue to Fight

Posted on July 1, 2015 by

Alarmingly, young Asian carp were found about 33 miles closer to Lake Michigan than they have been in the past. This is likely due to better spawning conditions producing more babies.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service presented this information in a briefing to lawmakers and others in Washington D.C. yesterday.  Other frightening findings include the silver Asian carp —the carp that jump out of the water, hitting boaters — range has expanded to over 100 miles in the Upper Mississippi River basin and over 50 miles in the Ohio River basin.  Also, fish less than six inches have an increased risk of making their way through the electric barriers under certain conditions.  Those electrical barriers are the currently the last stop we have toward a Great Lakes invasion.

So what are we to do? Keep up the fight because the good news is that they haven’t invaded the Great Lakes yet. By signing our petition in support of the strongest solution proposed by the Army Corps of Engineer – separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River waterways – you are part of the fight too. Your name with others will be delivered to Members of Congress, letting them know we expect them to take action to get the job done and protect our Great Lakes way of life.

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