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Asian carp summit ahead?

January 20, 2010 at 05:02 PM

Associated Press Writer

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The White House said Wednesday it wants to hold a meeting in early February with Great Lakes governors concerned about Asian carp invading the lakes.

The Democratic governors of Michigan and Wisconsin requested the summit Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Michigan’s request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily shut the shipping locks near Chicago and work out a way to stop the carp.

On Wednesday, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s spokeswoman called the White House Council on Environmental Quality’s proposal to hold a meeting the first week of February in the Midwest or Washington a welcome move.

“The Obama administration clearly understands the urgency of this critical issue, and we look forward to meeting with them on the threat the Asian carp poses to the Great Lakes,” Megan Brown said.

Concern about the progression of the Asian carp toward the Great Lakes increased this week after DNA samples taken beyond the final barriers between Chicago-area waterways and Lake Michigan tested positive for the aggressive fish.

A Michigan congressman introduced legislation Wednesday to immediately halt the potential entry of the carp into the Great Lakes.

U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, titled his bill the CARP ACT, which he said stands for Close All Routes and Prevent Asian Carp Today.

“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,” Camp said in a statement.

Under his bill, the Army Corps of Engineers would be directed to close the O’Brien Lock and Dam and the Chicago Controlling Works until a controlled lock operations strategy is developed. Additional barriers would be erected in nearby waterways to keep the carp from getting into Lake Michigan.

The corps would be directed to develop a strategy to mitigate the effects of closing the waterways on the state of Illinois and the businesses that use them, and also to figure out how the effects on Chicago flood control can be addressed.

Camp said the state of Illinois has legitimate concerns over having to block off nearby waterways, but “they do not outweigh the potential loss of a $7.5 billion industry and ecological devastation of the entire Great Lakes region.”

Brown said Granholm has not had time to review Camp’s legislation, but supports doing everything possible to protect the Great Lakes.

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blah blah blah….more talk and still no action….

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/20 at 06:06 PM

i just dont get how they can find dna in that huge expanse of water but cant figure out how to get rid of the fish.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 08:43 AM

I saw on the news that Dick Durbin was against closing the locks.  I support the actions of other states sueing Illinois.  The Asian Carp have been here for years and Illinois has done nothing.  Illinois seems to be the “do nothing state”.  I just don’t understand it.  The state of Illinois wants to create jobs right?  Here’s one….open them for commersial fishing and send them back to Asia $$$.  No one can convince me that the Carp is here to stay….people have forced species to go extinct including the passanger pigeon…Illinois just needs to get to work!  I would also like to see Dick Durbin voted out!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 01:35 PM

so you want a broke state to lose another 7.5 billion by closing the locks? the states that originally had the carp in farm ponds that got flooded should be made to foot bill to remove them or protect lake michigan

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 03:01 PM

I think some are having a hard time realising how many billions & billions of cubic gallons of water, the asian carp now occupies, in this country right now.
The asian carp is not just a problem in our state, it is a problem this county.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 04:40 PM

jimb- the asian carp species have always been open for commercial fishing. No seasons, no limits- get all you want. Most commercial fishermen avoid setting nets anywhere close to where the Bighead species are, as they tear up their nets too much. Just like the common carp (also an import), once established in free flow rivers and streams- they are here to stay.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/21 at 05:08 PM

For once Johnh is rite. The people who had the asian carp in their ponds should foot the bill!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/22 at 06:51 AM

Maybe Obama will appoint a Carp Czar

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/22 at 08:36 AM

Zebra mussels all over again. Millions will be spent as biologists and college researchers will “study” the problem. The government agencies from the Corps on down will spend millions more. Other than the ones they disect for their studies, all those millions will remove zero carp.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/22 at 03:39 PM

Just like common carp, asian bettles, and house sparrows, these fish are now part of our enviroment, like it or not. The fish have not been the end of the world for the river and it will not be the end of the world for the great lakes either. It will just take alot of adjusting and getting use to. We have had to do it on the Illinois River, now it is Michigan’s turn.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/25 at 12:01 AM

I agree other states have the same problem with the carp.  The carp are probably here to stay, however, efforts should be put towards controlling the populations as best they could.  There really should be a full time “Carp Squad” to catch and remove the carp in every state that has this problem.  As for most invasive species, the carp compete for food and may decrease other native fish populations. As for litigation, I don’t think that will solve anything…it’s the fair thing to do…someone is at fault but it really won’t solve the problem.  I think more could have been done at the beginning of this problem before it spread…now it seems too late.

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