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Report: Asian carp may do more harm than previously thought June 18, 2013

Illinois Gov. Quinn speaks in favor of separation of Great Lakes and Chicago Canal
Interlochen Public Radio Recap and Fox News Recap

U.S. Senate takes measures to battle Asian carp invasion: Northeast Ohio Outdorrs Notebook Nov 29, 2012

Man pleads guilty in Midland Asian carp case Sept 27, 2012

Sample Results Found Asian Carp eDNA in Sandusky Bay Aug 28, 2012

Asian carp found in Ohio River along WV border Aug 22, 2012

Agencies Plan for Further Assessment of Two Asian Carp Species in Lake Erie

ACRCC RELEASE: Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee to Begin Intensive Monitoring in Lake Calumet in Response to Environmental DNA Results

DNA Evidence of Asian Carp Above Elecric Barrier Grows 6-18-2012

Great Lakes–Mississippi River Separation is Possible, Practical and Preventive 

New Study Identifies How to Move Forward Separating Great Lakes From Mississippi Basin while Solving Other Problems Too

U.S. and Canadian Scientists Warn Great Lakes Asian Carp Threat Real: Urging Separating Great Lakes, Mississippi River Basin

River Renaissance: New Report Details Separation to Keep Carp Out of Great Lakes

Groups Want Action on Asian Carp Problem

Great Lakes NGOs Support Appointment of Federal Asian Carp Director

View a video of Shedd Aquarium expert on Asian carp 

Indiana plans barrier to stop Asian carp invasion

Great Lakes mayors and governors are helping work toward a solution


Carp Captured: Invasive Bighead Carp Caught Near Lake Michigan

CHICAGO (June 23, 2010) – The nightmare scenario of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes through Chicago waterways is closer to reality as the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee announced today that they had captured an invasive bighead carp in Lake Calumet, 6 miles away from Lake Michigan. The fish’s capture bolsters repeated environmental DNA tests which have shown that the carp have evaded an electrical barrier intended to prevent their movement out of canals artificially connecting the Great Lakes and Mississippi River system.  Scientists and government regulators agree that the invasive fish pose a dire threat to the Lakes because of their size and voracious appetites.

Environmental groups throughout the Great Lakes have been advocating for quick action to impede the carp’s headlong swim towards Lake Michigan, even as federal officials and business interests have questioned the validity of cutting edge science that pointed to the invasive species’ presence. Today’s news brings a renewed call for more agile efforts to prevent the carp’s movement. Many organizations have called for hydrologic separation of the two systems to ensure the movement of the carp and other invasive species is stopped. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently said that a study of this solution will take five to seven years.

“This is a great example of how as we talk about possible solutions the fish keep on swimming,” said Jill Ryan, Executive Director of Freshwater Future.  “Now is the time to move to hydrologically separate the Great Lakes watershed from the Mississippi watershed.  To make this happen we need everyone to demand action.”

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