State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, today called for prompt action from the federal government following this week’s release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study detailing options for preventing Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.
The long-awaited report assesses the viability of establishing various control mechanisms at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., to prevent the upstream transfer of aquatic nuisance species such as Asian carp from the Mississippi River Basin into the Great Lakes Basin.
“A silver carp recently caught just 9 miles from Lake Michigan emphasizes the urgency of the situation. The spread of this highly invasive species into the Great Lakes could have a devastating effect on Michigan’s economy,” Allor said. “I hope the release of this study will get the ball rolling and allow a plan to be implemented sooner rather than later, because time is of the essence if we’re going to protect the Great Lakes.”
The study, which presents a variety of options that will stop invasive species at the Brandon Road Locks and Dam while also minimizing impacts to existing waterway uses and users, is available at glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd.