Recently a report was released stating that Asian carp eDNA* was found in downtown Chicago only one block from Lake Michigan. If the carp themselves make it to Lake Michigan, they will be able to spread to all of our Great Lakes.
This is a big deal for all of us that care about the Great Lakes. Following eDNA evidence can be used as an early detection tool to understand the potential movement of Asian carp. Testing results have consistently found carp DNA hits on paths closer and closer to the Great Lakes over the past several years of testing.
But I also have some good news. There is not yet a breeding population of Asian carp in downtown Chicago or in our Great Lakes. That means we can still stop them. However, that also means we need the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to move quickly. The Corps provided a 232-page analysis with eight possible approaches over a year ago. Only two of those options likely prevent the Asian carp from getting into our Great Lakes.
What can we do to move this agency along more quickly towards implementing solutions? Let their bosses, the U.S. Congress know that we want action.
Thanks to thousands of people just like you, we successfully persuaded Congress to do three things recently in the fight against Asian carp:
1. Develop the 2011 Stop Asian Carp Act
2. Pass, with bipartisan support, the Stop Invasive Species Act of 2012
3. Finish the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study
While we are headed in the right direction, the job is far from done.
Sign our online petition today so that we can show a strong, unified voice across the region. (The petition has been closed)
We need the Army Corps of Engineers to start working on the long-term, permanent solution—we need to stop the Asian carp NOW. No more foot dragging. If we are going to sway this Congress to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to move the long-term, permanent solution forward now, we are going to have to make a lot of noise.
Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. Let’s be so numerous and loud we cannot be ignored! Are you with me?
* eDNA, or environmental DNA, is genetic material that has been shed off a living
organism and is found in the environment. In this case, it is found in water.