Over the past four years we have been updating you on the threat Asian carp pose to our Great Lakes and, most importantly, what needs to be done and how you can help. Thanks in large part to your efforts, tens of thousands people around the Great Lakes region communicated with members of Congress, and communities passed resolutions supporting permanent solutions to stop the carp. Now, this January, the Army Corps of Engineers will present a report to Congress outlining several options that could stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. However, it is very likely not all of the options they will choose to present will result in the permanent solution we need to ensure the health of our Great Lakes.
Congress is expected to move one of the Corps’ options forward. This is an incredibly important milestone toward stopping Asian carp. Now more than ever, we need Members of Congress to hear loud and clear from people and communities around the Great Lakes region that we want them to choose the strongest option that will keep our Great Lakes healthy, and move that option forward quickly.
Finding the right solution to implement is getting more and more urgent. There is new evidence that spawning Asian carp have been found nearly 100 miles upstream from their previous spawning sites. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources conducted survey work released this past summer that showed spawning Asian carp had moved to within 25 miles of the electric barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal—that barrier is only about 30 miles from the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Freshwater Future will be reviewing the report and keeping you informed starting early in 2014. We will no doubt identify how you can ask decision makers to choose the strongest protections possible. In the meantime, you can visit freshwaterfutureaction.org to communicate to your Member of Congress via social media about the need for a permanent solution.