Update: CARP ACT introduced by Senator Stabenow!

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Michigan’s plea to close two locks in the Chicago shipping canal, to prevent Asian Carp from entering Lake Michigan. Since then, there has been an intensified effort on the part of Great Lakes advocates, to protect the lakes from this voracious invasive fish.

On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle requested an audience with the White House to discuss the threat of the carp to the Great Lakes. Nancy Sutley, the president of the Council on Environmental Quality, agreed to meet with the Governors, and a “Carp Summit” is scheduled for early February.

And yesterday, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced the CARP ACT on the floor of the Senate. Congressman Dave Camp (R- Michigan) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The CARP ACT (which stands for “Close All Routes and Prevent Asian Carp Today”) calls for four distinctive actions to be taken:

  • Immediately close the barriers and locks into the Great Lakes
  • Expedite the installation of interim barriers in rivers where no barriers currently exist 
  • Enhance existing barriers and monitoring systems to prevent fish from crossing into the Great Lakes
  • Grant full authority to the Army Corps of Engineers to eradicate the Asian carp and prevent them from entering the Great Lakes.

While the Supreme Court’s dismissal of Michigan’s plea was a frustrating setback, proponents of the Great Lakes are refusing to stand back and let the lakes succumb to the devastating effects of the invasive carp. As Congressman Camp said on Thursday, "The failure of the Supreme Court to act yesterday jeopardizes the future of the Lakes and it is clear we must take additional steps now".

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Stay tuned to Michigan LCV for the latest news on Asian Carp and the Great Lakes!